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There Is No Room for Fake News or Alternative Facts in Internal Audits

In his latest blog, Chambers reminds readers that facts are facts, regardless of one's personal perspective, experience, or bias.

I have been thinking of late about a common expression in America that comes from the classic television show, "Dragnet." The protagonist of the gritty police series, Sgt. Joe Friday, is forever linked to the expression, "Just the facts, ma'am."
Nowadays, it seems getting just the facts is easier said than done. The debate emanating from Washington, D.C., about "alternative facts" and "fake news" has served as fodder for the media, political pundits, and late-night talk show hosts. But it should be particularly troubling to anyone who works in internal auditing. One of the fundamentals of our profession is communicating the results of our audits in a clear, concise, and objective manner, and there should never be disagreements over our final reports when it comes to the facts.
One definition of fact is, "anything that is indisputably the case." This definition, while seemingly straightforward, leaves wiggle room for those who want to debate what is indisputable. And it is one of the 21st Century's most ubiquitous features that is feeding that debate.