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TimestampName of the fact-checking initiativeContact personContact emailCountryWebsiteCriterion 1a - OrganizationCriterion 1b - OrganizationCriterion 2a - Nonpartisanship and fairnessCriterion 2b - Nonpartisanship and fairnessCriterion 3 - Transparency of sourcesCriterion 4a - Transparency of funding & organizationCriterion 4b - Transparency of funding & organizationCriterion 4c - Transparency of funding & organizationCriterion 5a - Transparency of methodologyCriterion 5b - Transparency of methodologyCriterion 6a - Open & honest corrections policyCriterion 6b - Open & honest corrections policy
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9/7/2017 3:24:19The WhistleMichal Sellamichal@thewhistle.co.ilIsraelwww.thewhistle.co.ilYou can find evidence that The Whistle is a legally registered NGO in our site's transparency section (https://www.thewhistle.co.il/transparency). You will find there a scanned copy of our formal NGO permit (in Hebrew). https://www.thewhistle.co.il/feed
1. Our regular spot on Channel 2 morning news show – (2 checks) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3qnzf37aZM
2. Our spot on the national broadcast channel – (3 checks) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh9q4XjuUiw&t=2s
3. Naftali Bennett – The Minister of Education - https://www.thewhistle.co.il/feed/Z909OAByqO
4. Tzipi Livni - The Former Foreign Minister - https://www.thewhistle.co.il/feed/47yD8gAyGP
5. Avi Gabbay - The current leader of the Israeli Labor Party - https://www.thewhistle.co.il/feed/1l0L1amWva
6. Tzipi Hotovely -Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs - https://www.thewhistle.co.il/feed/Z8yXDb8y42
7. Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu - The Prime Minister of Israel - https://www.thewhistle.co.il/feed/QXx46eNW78
8. Michal Biran – Labor MK - https://www.thewhistle.co.il/feed/a5xQzrD0qA
9. Yisrael Meir Lau – The Former Chief Rabbi of Israel - https://www.thewhistle.co.il/feed/rVxwgBGxmA
10. Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu - https://www.thewhistle.co.il/feed/7RVxB8wWZk

The Whistle has a comprehensive method for fact checking which reduces biases to the minimum. Our desk examines public statements made by key figures in the public and political spheres; elected officials, leaders, opinion makers and senior civil servants; from all parts of the Israeli political spectrum. The scale of the Israeli media allows us to scan most of it every day. Through a comprehensive, rapid and balanced examination of public statements, The Whistle seeks to lead a more credible, accurate and factual public discourse in Israel, as it aspires to influence the news cycle in real-time.
Our staff members can be registered as party members but they cannot have direct professional involvement in political campaigns or advocacy organizations. Our staff is diverse, not only because we believe every workplace should emphasize diversity as a key value, but also because we believe it is essential for a fact-checking organization in a polarized environment to have a diverse staff in order to detect and minimize natural political biases.We, at The Whistle, believe that our role is to provide our readers with accessible facts. Although we would like them to trust us and use our factchecks as reliable sources, we believe we should also allow them to get to the facts themselves. That is why we believe our sources should not only be transparent but easily accessible as well. All of our sources are shown in the ‘Sources’ section of every item. They are each linked either to a web source or to a PDF file so the readers can easily access them. In long documents we mark the sections we used or provide specific page numbers. When using an interview with an expert, we always use accurate quotes and mention the date of the interview. We save and document every interview (audio/script version) so we are able to share them on demand. Our research is based on reliable and open sources, and we will never publish a factcheck without having credible and accessible sources.
This information can be found in the “about us” section on our website: https://www.thewhistle.co.il/aboutUs
https://www.thewhistle.co.il/transparencyhttps://www.thewhistle.co.il/teamhttps://www.thewhistle.co.il/contactUshttps://www.thewhistle.co.il/aboutUs (and the section:"how we grade")https://www.thewhistle.co.il/contactUshttps://www.thewhistle.co.il/aboutUsWe didn't have any corrections made yet, but our readers approach us every day through our website, Twitter account and Facebook page. We answer all of them and explain our editorial choices (,if necessary). Factchecking is a new concept in Israel, and that is why lots of the questions we get deal with the discrepancy between what the speaker actually said/ wrote and what they intended. We think this is a crucial element of our work and we answer our readers by explaining that we do not check people, we check their statements. We believe politicians can make an effort and actually say what they mean so the Israeli public will get the accurate facts.
The second kind of correction requests we get from our readers regards our rating system - although we didn't change any grade yet, we take them very seriously. We usually explain our choices to the readers by referring them to our published rating system. We are currently thinking about adding another grade: “misleading”, after considering few of our readers' comments.
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