The Lifespan of a Fact
By Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell
A fresh-out-of-Harvard fact checker for a prominent New York magazine is assigned to fact-check an essay about the suicide of a teenage boy. It is written by a talented and established writer, and publishing his piece can save the struggling magazine from collapse. The two battle over facts versus truth, with the magazine’s editor, who wants to run the story and who assigned the fact-checker to look it over, serving as referee.