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Fact-checking resources

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     We 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.

     The Annenberg Political Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg in 1994 to create a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that would address public policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels.

     The APPC accepts NO funding from business corporations, labor unions, political parties, lobbying organizations or individuals. It is funded primarily by the Annenberg Foundation.



PolitiFact is a project of the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly to help you find the truth in the presidential campaign. Every day, reporters and researchers from the Times and CQ will analyze the candidates' speeches, TV ads and interviews and determine whether the claims are accurate.


The Fact Checker

     The purpose of this website, and an accompanying column in The Washington Post, is to "truth squad" the national political debate in the period leading up to the 2008 presidential election. Our goal is to shed as much light as possible on controversial claims and counter-claims involving important national issues, such as the war in Iraq, immigration, health care, social issues, the economy, and the records of the various presidential candidates. When we come across a statement or claim that is at variance with the facts, as best we can establish them, we will point that out.

     We see fact checking as a collaborative, rather than a competitive, effort. News organizations, including the Washington Post, routinely fact check the claims of political candidates. Fact check Web sites have been established by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, www.factcheck.org , and the St. Petersburg Times, www.politifact.com. We will draw on the expertise of these organizations, and report on their most significant findings. But we differ from them in one important respect: the success of this project depends, to a great extent, on the involvement of you, the reader.


Reporter's Edge: Data on Deadline

It's not free, but it's cheap enough if you’re on deadline and news is breaking around you. You need to find a person – a witness, a neighbor, an attorney–and you need to find them fast. Our searches are designed to help you locate story-critical people on deadline without sorting through piles of useless results.  Our databases are the same ones used by investigators, skiptracers and debt collectors. And they’re all backed by a full-service investigation company if you need to dig deeper. Especially good on phone searches.





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