Checking the Politicians

I hope you’re not as tired as politics as I am.  Our system is so long and drawn out, I’m already wishing the election was over.

But this is the system the Founding Fathers gave us, so we’d all better pay attention, because we’re going to need the best possible leadership in the years ahead.  One way to keep involved is to factcheck what the candidates are feeding you. I know this is a daunting task for a single individual, but fortunately there is help on the Internet.  There are a number of factchecking sites anyone can reference.

My favorite is PolitiFact, because of its easy-to-read format.  PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida.  It also provides email newsletter. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/

Another is FactCheck.org, a nonpartisan  project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.  http://www.factcheck.org/

To broaden factchecking a bit beyond politics, there is Snopes.com, “the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.”  http://www.snopes.com/

I’m sure you can find some others.  In any event, there has been enough emotionalism in this political cycle already.  From now on, could we please just concentrate on the facts?

 

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