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Update on Our Women Speak Out PAC Fact-check
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Update on Our Women Speak Out PAC Fact-check

Mea culpa.

On October 13, The Dispatch published a fact-check of a viral post from Women Speak Out PAC related to Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and abortion. The fact-check was published in error and in draft form, before it had been through final edits and our own internal fact-checking process. As a result, the viral post was assigned a “partly false” rating that we have determined is not justified after completing The Dispatch fact-checking process. We regret the error and apologize to the Women Speak Out PAC. We’ve pulled the fact-check and lifted the rating.

The mere existence of a fact-checking program at The Dispatch means that we take seriously facts and accuracy. We have a responsibility not only to meet but to exceed the standards to which we hold others. That didn’t happen in this case.

It’s important to note that the error is not the fault of the fact-checker on the piece, Khaya Himmelman. The error came in the editing process. I run that process. It’s my responsibility.    

Steve Hayes is CEO and editor of The Dispatch, based in Annapolis, Maryland. Prior to co-founding the company in 2019, he worked at The Weekly Standard for 18 years, covering Washington, politics, and national security. Steve is the author of two New York Times bestsellers. He also worked as a contributor at CNN and Fox News, and currently serves as a political analyst at NBC News. When Steve is not focused on The Dispatch, he’s probably traveling with his family, grilling, or riding his mountain bike.