check the facts

The following organizations are generally regarded as reputable fact-checking organizations.  Click on the logo to view a site.  

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politiFactis a Pulitzer Prize-winning site run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times (Florida) newspaper. According to their site description "PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. . .  The PolitiFact state sites are run by news organizations that have partnered with the Times." 

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Factcheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania . . . a non-partisan, non-profit 'consumer advocate' for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in US politics.  We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major US political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases."

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Washington Post Fact Check "The purpose of this website and an accompanying column in the Sunday print edition of The Washington Post is to 'truth squad' the statements of political figures regarding issues of great importance, be they national , international or local.

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Snopesis "The definitive internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation".

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hoax slayer "We can all be hoax-slayers!  United we can take back the internet from the criminals, the spammers and the pranksters.

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open secrets "Non-partisan, independent and nonprofit, the Center for Responsive Politics is the nation's premier research group tracking money in US politics and its effect on elections and public policy."  

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duke reporters' lab fact-checking 

includes a database of global fact-checking sites which can be viewed as a map or as a list and also includes how they identify fact-checkers.  

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Int'l Fact-Checking network is a forum for fact-checkers world-wide hosted by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.  

The  respected specialty sites below cover niche areas such as climate or celebrities.

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"Voting is as much an emotional act as it is an intellectual one."

Monica Crowley