Be A Fact Checker

JUST THE FACTS:

Given the amount of distorted information on the Internet, it is a good idea to know how to check your facts! This can be especially important when using social media. When you are evaluating a Fact Checker, make sure that they provide links to their sources! Take the time to check a few of those sources now and then, just to keep the honest. So here are some good FactCheckers to use:

FactCheck.org: A Project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, this site provides a nice way to find out if something is true. You can scan the Home page to see about recent issues that have been checked, read articles on top issues, submit a question to FactCheck, check out current/recent campaigns, get information on the latest Internet rumors, browse their archives, and much more. Anyone doing social media and wanting to make sure that information is accurate should have this site bookmarked.

Snopes.com: A great place to check your facts. Their home page carries some of the latest news stories bouncing around the Internet. It also offers search features and a way to send them any “rumors” you run across that they will then check. There is a rich archive so it’s a good place to go if you are looking up the recent past which includes a whole subheading on “Fake News” that I love.

Rumors, hoaxes, and urband legends – TruthorFiction.com: Not my personal favorite since their responses are laden with emotion generating terms and offer more opinion that facts. I recommend using with caution. For myself, I have used it along with FactCheck or Snopes to come up with some of the reasons why people are misled.

Fact-checking U.S. politics | PolitiFact: This Pulitzer Prize winner provides some wonderful fact checking specific to politics. The focus on fact checking journalists makes it the go to source for current news stories.

PunditFact is a subset of Politifact.com: From their website “PunditFact is a project of the Tampa Bay Times and the Poynter Institute, dedicated to checking the accuracy of claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers, political analysts, the hosts and guests of talk shows, and other members of the media.” A great place to look for those “fake news” stories and misinformation spread by blogers