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Fact-Checking Political Emails, Speeches & Ads

Don't spread malicious, unethical, and untrue political misinformation.  Verify that what is said is true before passing it along and verify that the authoritative source is real.  Emails often say that its information was checked out on snopes when it wasn't, or snopes says just the opposite... or a bill before or passed by congress, if checked out, has nothing to do with the claim being made in the email.

The following are independent, impartial websites, without political affiliations or agendas, that strive to find out the facts and present them without bias and with transparency, providing their sources so we can all verify the findings of their research for ourselves.

Don't be a dupe of unscrupulous and malicious spammers!

  • FactCheckhttp://www.factcheck.org/ — Funded primarily by the Annenberg Foundation, this website is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.  They 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.  They strive to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.

    This website includes features like political scam alerts, spin detectors, their mailbag (criticisms or compliments) for the week, Spiral Viral (Internet rumors), Speech & Debate Watch (fact-checking speeches & debates), FactCheck Quiz weekly game, FactCheck On the Air (listen to public radio broadcasts about issues), and more.

  • FlackCheckhttp://www.flackcheck.org/ — The Annenberg Public Policy Center, the home of Factcheck.org and Annenberg Classroom, launched a separately administered sister-site called FlackCheck.org, which regularly posts humorous take-downs of deceptive political ads, flag and spoof extreme political language, feature exemplary and problematic political reporting, and illustrate deceptive tactics and questionable arguments with ads opposing the reelection of Abraham Lincoln in 1864.

    • The Annenberg Classroom provides excellent Civics information — i.e., the Bill of Rights story, the Constitution, key Constitutional concepts, the Bill of Rights, the Presidency, the Congress, the Courts, Voting Rights, etc. — what they say and what they mean — as well as States & Local Government and the role of Governors and Mayors, etc. You can also read top political news stories, understand related concepts, and read about key issues of the day to understand both sides of the issue and voice your opinion about them if you'd like... or read other's opinions.

  • PolitiFact http://politifact.com/truth-o-meter/ — Two of America’s most trusted, independent newsrooms, The St. Petersburg Times of Florida and Congressional Quarterly of Washington, D.C., created this website to help voters separate fact from falsehood in the 2008 presidential campaign and have been verifying claims and statements ever since.  They fact-check the accuracy of speeches, TV ads, interviews and other campaign communications, publish new findings every day, and list their sources for all to see and check for themselves.

    This website provides pictures of the person making the statement and has Truth-O-Meter ratings of Pants on Fire, Mostly False, False, Mostly True, and True (click on or under the Truth-O-Meter for the full explanation). They now have a Pledge-O-Meter that rates & graphs promises made by the GOP and those made by President Obama side by side. The site also has links to other fact-checking websites on related issues.

  • Washington Post Fact-Checker http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker — Launched in September 2011, this blog and regular feature of The Washington Post and its accompanying column in the Post, is to "truth squad" the statements of political figures regarding issues of great importance... national, international or local. As the 2012 presidential election approaches, they will increasingly focus on statements made in the heat of the presidential contest. But not limited to political charges or countercharges, they seek to explain difficult issues, provide missing context, and provide analysis and explanation of various "code words" used by politicians, diplomats and others to obscure or shade the truth.

  • Snopeshttp://www.snopes.com/ — This website is the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation. Although verifying political claims is not their primary focus, they do research and try to determine the truth in politically-oriented emails that are sent to them. Other fact-checking services often defer to snopes' research on a topic. They break these emails into sub-categories or topics to help narrow your search.

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