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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
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!
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
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.
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.
Annenberg Classroom provides excellent Civics information
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.
http://politifact.com/truth-o-meter/ Two of Americas 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.
http://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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