Fact Checking

I won’t pontificate on my views form last night’s first presidential debate. I don’t care what side you’re on, but I encourage you to check the facts of not just the presidential nominees, but also your local politicians as we approach election day.  Here are some of my favorite fact checkers:

Factcheck.org has been around since 2003 and has always been my go-to.  They are a “nonpartisan, nonprofit ‘consumer advocate’ for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.”

Politifact is a project of the Tampa Bay Times to help you find the truth at the federal and state level of politics.  They use a truth-o-meter that ranges from True to Pants on Fire.tom-pantsonfire

The Washington Post has a fact checker blog run by journalist Glenn Kessler.  It started during the 2008 election, but was made a permanent feature in 2011.  The stated purpose is “to ‘truth squad’ the statements of political figures regarding issues of great importance, be they national, international or local.”  The accuracy of statements are judged using a number of Pinochios while truthful statements are given the Geppetto Checkmark.

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I’ve always used Snopes to debunk the urban legends that make the rounds on social media, but they cover politics as well as any other popular stories.

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