Truth Checker Sites

The following sites are recommended for truth checking candidates or issues.

PolitiFact

“PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from theTampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida, as is PunditFact, a site devoted to fact-checking pundits. The PolitiFact state sites are run by news organizations that have partnered with the Times. The state sites and PunditFact follow the same principles as the national site.”

Select Truth-O-MeterTMfor topic, People by candidate name, or Pants On Fire for the most egregious statements.

The Washington Post Fact Checker

“The purpose of this Web site, and an accompanying column in the Sunday print edition of The Washington Post, is to “truth squad” the statements of political figures regarding issues of great importance, be they national, international or local. As a presidential election approaches, we will increasingly focus on statements made in the heat of the presidential contest. But we will not be limited to political charges or countercharges. We will seek to explain difficult issues, provide missing context and provide analysis and explanation of various “code words” used by politicians, diplomats and others to obscure or shade the truth.” Free initially, then by subscription.

You can select by Congress, Issues, or Candidates. The “Pinocchios” rating system goes from 1 to 4 “Pinocchios” with the higher number being the least truthful.

FactCheck.Org

“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. FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.”

Your options include an Ask FactCheck and Viral Spiral and other sites that cover false or misleading viral rumors.

FlackCheck  covers Politics, Health and Science. “Headquartered at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, FlackCheck.org is 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. Video resources point out deception and incivility in political rhetoric.” Watch the video “How to spot fake news.”

AAUW

AAUW publishes non-partisan issue information and candidate voting record information on AAUW issues.

Please share our Voter-Issue-Guide for more information about the issues important to AAUW members. You can also check AAUW’s  Congressional Voting Record for the last National Congressional Session. NB: 1918-2020 is not yet available.

AAUW’s Where We Stand  Go down the page for individual position papers; or, click on the topics to the right: Economic security, Education and Title IX, and Civil Rights.

For New Mexico and state issues try the following.

There are “Voter Guides” published by multiple organizations in New Mexico. If you google “New Mexico Voter Guides” you can select from numerous organizations.