Fact Checking

posted Jan 9, 2018, 6:03 AM by Andrew Chadick
Snopes.com — one of the best online resources that debunks urban legends and rumors on a huge number of topics. It’s run by Barbara and David P. Mikkelson, who established this website in 1995. Since then, they have continually updated the database with new facts about why something that is considered “scary” or “sinister” is just a legend created by the common folk. The number of topics they cover is just astounding, and they present enough evidence about every topic so that the visitors can make up their mind.

FactCheck.org — monitors 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. Their goal is to increase public knowledge by presenting evidence about why a particular story is true or false.

PolitiFact.com — helps find the truth in American politics. Reporters and editors fact–check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups and rate them on a “Truth-O-Meter.”

Metabunk.org — a discussion forum focused on providing concise useful resources in an attempt to avoid repetitive debate and arguments. It is a privately run forum administered by Mick West, and originally started out as a forum about contrails and chemtrails. Since then, it has expanded to include discussions aimed to debunk various conspiracy theories, science and pseudoscience, health and quackery, and quotes.

OpenSecrets.org — a guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy. While not exactly a fact-checking website, it keeps a tab on contribution amounts from specific companies or lobby groups, so you can see if this influences the decisions made by various representatives.

TruthOrFiction.com — provides facts about the latest rumors, inspirational stories, virus warnings, hoaxes, scams, humorous tales, pleas for help, urban legends, prayer requests, calls to action, and other forwarded emails. Even if you are Internet savvy, sometimes, these rumors can sound authentic and expose the recipient to untrusted websites.

HoaxSlayer.com — dedicated to debunking email hoaxes, thwarting Internet scammers, combating spam, and educating web users about email and Internet security issues. Hoax-Slayer allows Internet users to check the veracity of common email hoaxes and aims to counteract criminal activity by publishing information about common types of Internet scams. Hoax-Slayer also includes anti-spam tips, computer and email security information, articles about true email forwards, and much more.