I am sooooo guilty of it as well…someone posts a meme on facebook and you agree with what it says and so you share and repost it. Unfortunately, huge chunk of these meme’s are not correct. I’ve gathered some reputable fact-checking sites so you and I can be diligent in passing them on. Okay, maybe not but just in case. No, I did not write the descriptions myself, I copied and repasted them here from The Daily Dot.
|Factcheck.org||The oldest of the big three fact-checking sites; it launched in 2003. The site is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The site fact-checks claims made by president, members of Congress, presidential candidates, and other members of the political arena. It mainly reviews TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. The site’s stated goal is to “apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.”|
|Politifact||Fact-checks claims by politicians at the federal, state, and local level, as well as political parties, PACs, and advocacy groups. Politifact rates the accuracy of these claims on its Truth-O-Meter, which goes from “True,” “Mostly True,” “Half True,” “False,” and “Pants on Fire.” There are separate verticals of Politifact for global news and select states.|
|Washington Post Fact-checker||Blog is run by journalist Glenn Kessler. The site assesses claims made by politicians or political advocacy groups and gives out Pinochios based on its level of accuracy.|
|OpenSecrets||Tracks money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. It allows you to easily track campaign spending and contributions without laboring through the Federal Election Commission’s website. Open Secrets also tracks the money that the private sector, industry groups, unions, and other lobbyists spend to lobby Congress.|
|The Sunlight Foundation||The Sunlight Foundation is a nonprofit that lead the way for public accountability data journalism. Its Hall of Justice offers state-by-state data sets on criminal justice.|
|Snopes||The go-to destination for debunking strange internet rumors. California couple Barbara and David Mikkelson founded the site in 1995 to uncover urban legends, rumors, and other questionable bits of folklore that had begun cropping up in chain emails and message boards.|
|Poynter||The Poynter Institute is not a true fact checking service. They are however a leader in distinguished journalism and produce nothing but credible and evidence based content. If Poynter reports it, you can count on it being true.|