This is an initial list of
established fact-checking sites. We are developing a process for evaluating these sites and the comments of those who
criticize their analysis. We plan to develop a system that provides summaries of these evaluations. This will
require a process for screening heavily biased posts as well as those who attempt to manipulate the system. Your ideas,
input, and feedback regarding additional fact-checking sites and their accuracy and dependability will be much appreciated.
Please send them to www.bringtruthtofear.org
ISTE Top 10 sites to help
students check their facts March 8, 2017 https://www.iste.org/explore/articleDetail?articleid=916
Top 3 best fact checking sites March 30, 2017
Media Bias/Fact Check The 10 Best Fact Checking Sites July 20, 2016
This site is run by the editors
and reporters of the Tampa Bay Times and has received a Pulitzer Prize for its work. It’s a nonpartisan group that serves
as the gold standard of fact checking, in fact, many media outlets regularly check their stories against them.
known mainly for analyzing politicians and pundits on its “Truth-O-Meter,” which has a five-point scale: True,
Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants on Fire. The team chooses where the pundit’s statement falls based
on a number of factors, including context, the burden of proof, reliable sources, word choice, statement correctness and timing.
Another great feature they have is the “Flip-O-Meter,” which tracks a candidate or politician’s
consistency on an issue. (Quoted from icitizen - rated first by icitizen and MediaBias/Fact Check)
- A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center
FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg
Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. They are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate”
for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They 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.
Fact Check is similar to Politifact in their coverage and they provide excellent details. The only drawback is they
lack the simplicity of Politifact.
(Quoted from MediaBias/Fact Check; rated second by ISTE, icitizen and MediaBias/Fact
Media Bias/Fact Check
(Note from Bob: I found MediaBias/Fact
Check to be the most comprehensive and transparent site. The following summaries have been copied from their site with
Media Bias/Fact Check (MBFC News) is an independent online media
outlet. MBFC News is dedicated to educating the public on media bias and deceptive news practices. MBFC News’
aim is to inspire action and a rejection of overtly biased media. We want to return to an era of straight forward news reporting.
Funding for MBFC News comes from site advertising, individual donors, and the pockets of our bias checkers.
News follows a strict methodology for determining the biases of sources. Dave Van Zandt is the primary editor for sources.
He is assisted by a collective of volunteers who assist in research for many sources listed on these pages. --A good fact
checking service will write with neutral wording and will provide unbiased sources to support their claims. Look for
these two simple criteria when hunting for the facts.
Open Secrets is a nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, run by the Center for Responsive Politics, which is the nation’s
premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Open Secrets are
by far the best source for discovering how much and where candidates get their money. They also track lobbying groups
and whom they are funding.
Snopes has been
the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation for a long time.
Snopes is also usually the first to report the facts.
The Sunlight Foundation
This nonprofit organization focuses on paving the way for government transparency through open data, policy analysis and
data-driven journalism. According to their site, their vision is “for technology to enable more complete, equitable
and effective democratic participation. Our overarching goal is to achieve changes in the law to require real-time, online
transparency for all government information.” They’ve partnered with What Works Cities to do just that: working
with local agencies to make their policies more open for public access. Sign up for their daily newsletter to help break
down the headlines each day, and see what’s true and what isn’t in real time.
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.
Flack Check– Headquartered
at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, http://www.flackcheck.org/
the political literacy companion site to the award-winning FactCheck.org. The site provides resources designed to help viewers
recognize flaws in arguments in general and political ads in particular.
Truth or Fiction–
Very similar to Snopes. They tend to focus more on political rumors and hoaxes.
Hoax Slayer– http://www.hoax-slayer.com/
Another service that debunks or validates
internet rumors and hoaxes.
Fact Checker by the Washington Post– https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/
The Washington Post has a very clear left-center bias and this is reflected in their fact checks. Their fact checks
are excellent and sourced; however their bias is reflected in the fact that they fact check right wing claims more than left.
Otherwise the Washington Post is a good resource.