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Fact checking as a political device has been around since the mid to late 2000s and has been a very successful, North Korean, Orwelllian style Ministry of Truth project designed to add the weight, authority and gravitas of academe to buttress their arguments and debating points.

Most of it totally made up but with the specific aim of dropping the totalitarian hammer and shutting down discussion.

In fact, fact checking should be journalism 101. That’s the job spec.

Fortunately most people have intuitively had these frauds, shysters and charlatans figured for what they are, for some while but of late, the mask is finally coming away.

Fact checking is of the left, by the left, for the left with the specific aim of checking and damaging the right. It is the bastard cousin of that other political device, misinformation.

Misinformation is yet another device of the authoritarian and totalitarian left to cancel views and opinions that conflict with their narrative.

With the ABC partnering with and harnessing the power of the likes of RMIT to ostensibly create a cloak and a patina of credibility and academic authority, the entire fact checking industry and associated machinery is straight out of the Stalin’s Soviet Union and exists solely for it own benefit.

For all intents and purposes, fact checking outfits as commonly understood, are just another racket of the left designed to mislead, misdirect and misinform.

Fact checking is the  ultimate self licking ice-cream.