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You're kidding, right?

I think maybe this is a joke.
Someone named Victoria L. Rubin has written a paper just published in Canada with a very serious-sounding title: "News Verification Suite: Towards System Design to Supplement Reporters' and Editors' Judgements."
Rubin, who is affiliated with Western University in Canada, may have been a journalist at one time; it's hard to tell. She does know something about the inner operations of newsrooms, how stories are put together, edited, etc., and she seems to know something about the mindset of the reporters and editors who write for the world's mainstsream dailies and their counterparts in other media.
The process at its most basic is this: a reporter gets information and writes a story after vetting his sources; an editor looks over the work, checking spelling, grammar, facts,  and so on; another editor may do another review; and then it's off to be published.
Now, into that system -- and here's where thinks get a little fuzzy -- Rubin would introduce a News Verification Suite that would include, I think, some kind of algorithm that could detect lies and distortions and errors in inconsequential facts and, even, satire.
I am actually trying to picture this in my head, this B.S. Detector.
And, frankly, I have a hard time with it. I was a journalist for 45 years, and I came to believe that the most important element in gathering and publishing news was to have people who were honest and of the utmost integrity doing the job. These people are pretty good at B.S. Detection without an algorithm.
Which may, itself, fall into the category of B.S. that needs detecting.
Or maybe it's satire?
Where is that algorithm when you need it?
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