News Fact Check

The information on this page is in response to the horrible time we Americans have in filtering through various news sites, some of them clearly biased and not fact-based.

As you know, all of our intelligence agencies have indicated Russia interfered in our elections through spreading false information and even impersonating Americans and planning rallies to promote division and discord.

My opinion is that we Americans must inform ourselves, be skeptical and look for facts. The Europeans have been focused on this and educating their population. It's easy to fall for a social media post slamming politicians with whom we disagree, but we have to verify everything.

There is a show on CNN called Reliable Sources, and this show's mission is to discuss the media and how it covers issues. They used to have a segment called "Red News, Blue News" and their clips clearly illustrated the differences between coverage on various stations. If you only watch one station for news, you miss an entirely different way of viewing the world and obtaining different facts. It's ridiculous.


Facts and Fact Checking

AP News Fact Check 
Ballotpedia“Ballotpedia is the online encyclopedia of American politics and elections. Our goal is to inform people about politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at all levels of government. We are firmly committed to neutrality…”
Business Insider News - "Business Insider is a fast-growing business site with deep financial, media, tech, and other industry verticals.”
Center for Media Literacy"... is an educational organization that provides leadership, public education, professional development and evidence-based educational resources nationally and internationally. Dedicated to promoting and supporting media literacy education as a framework for accessing, analyzing, evaluating, creating and participating with media content, CML works to help citizens, especially the young, develop critical thinking and media production skills needed to live fully in the 21st century media culture."
Curlie “Historically known as the Open Directory Project (ODP) and DMOZ, it was founded in the spirit of the Open Source movement, becoming the only major directory that is 100% free.” - A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center“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.”
FiveThirtyEight - Defined on Wikipedia
“...a website that focuses on opinion poll analysis, politics, economics, and sports blogging."“GOVERNING is the nation's leading media platform covering politics, policy and management for state and local government leaders. ... GOVERNING provides nonpartisan news, insight and analysis on such issues as public finance, transportation, economic development, health, energy, the environment and technology.”
Lawfare - “We mean to devote this blog to that nebulous zone in which actions taken or contemplated to protect the nation interact with the nation’s laws and legal institutions.”
McClatchy DC Bureau - Aggregates news from a variety of newspapers listed here.
Media Bias/Fact Check - "MBFC News is dedicated to educating the public on media bias and deceptive news practices."
Military - “ provides headline news and technology updates since our community answers the call and makes news. We also cover the rest of the military experience — from great content like our user-generated videos in our popular "Shock and Awe" feature to our military equipment guide we present what makes the military unique (and fun).”
Open Secrets - “Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the Center for Responsive Politics is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy.”
Pew Research Center - “Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research. We do not take policy positions.”
Quinnipiac Poll - “Frequently cited by journalists, public officials and researchers, the independent Quinnipiac University Poll regularly surveys residents in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and nationwide about political races, state and national elections, and issues of public concern, such as schools, taxes, transportation, municipal services and the environment.”
Snopes - “The web site was founded by David Mikkelson, a project begun in 1994 as an expression of his interest in researching urban legends that has since grown into the oldest and largest fact-checking site on the Internet, one widely regarded by journalists, folklorists, and laypersons alike as one of the world’s essential resources.”
Statistic Brain“Our goal is to bring you accurate and timely statistics.We will never become number analysts because we believe numbers should only be interpreted by the reader.”
ThoughtCo. - ways to spot an urban legend and lots of other articles. “At ThoughtCo, we believe that learning is a never-ending process, and that great inspiration begins with a question. Whether yours is about science, history, math, or religion, our in-depth articles give you the answers and information you need to be smart, informed and confident. So whether you are asking for a class, that next conversation, or just because you want to know, ThoughtCo can help.”


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