Recently I wrote about several projects currently on my virtual desk, including fact-checking a book on a health topic. I wrote, “The book, which was researched and written by a journalist, is very interesting. The challenge with this project consists of deciphering some odd citations and tracking down source documents for specific facts and assertions. The latter can be very challenging, as it requires distinguishing between facts and assertions and unraveling how, over many years, those facts and assertions have been communicated and attributed. It’s never as straightforward as it seems.”
Yesterday I ran into a perfect example of this, which I will try to explain without violating my client’s confidentiality.