Influences of Media Routines on Fact-Checking:

An Exploratory Study of Sources in PolitiFact Fact-Checks


  • Mohammad Yousuf The University of New Mexico
  • Arif Md Tareque Habib The University of New Mexico



This exploratory study examined PolitiFact fact-checks (N=18,446) published between 2008 and 2020 to understand the extent to which the largest political fact-checking network in the United States utilizes traditional media routines in finding check-worthy claims and gathering information to verify claims. An automated content analysis revealed that PolitiFact relies more on routine channels of news production to find check-worthy claims than non-routine channels. The results also show that non-elite sources account for a negligible portion of PolitiFact sources, but the organization uses more non-traditional channels to find sources.