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The 411 on fact checking. Hint: it’s a lot easier than you think

Use these to verify info.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Aug 17, 2020

In a world where silence is complacency, a wide majority of us are posting without fact checking. It’s happened to me many times. I’ll share a post boasting about a celebrity or political figure I fancy, just to find out they were recently involved in a scandal that goes against my morals. As a journalist, it’s embarrassing to have not known or researched the material before posting. As a human, it’s a way to spread false information or align information that goes against my character. 

 

I get it. It’s really hard to know if every single thing we read is accurate. Especially when we have Donald Trump as a president. Although fact checking is a real and legit job, you can’t rely or wait on these experts to release the truth on every article you read. Since the election is coming up, we wanted to put together a fact checking sheet to help us all spread truth, education and authenticity. The below is just a starting list of five resources where you can properly discern truth from lies.

 

Politifact.com

Politifact won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009. It has a “Truth-O-Meter” that ranks claims as true, mostly true, false and our favorite, pants on fire. 

 

Factcheck.org

Developed by the University of Pennsylvania, the focus here is on the political sector.

 

Washington Post’s Fact Checker

Blog that takes apart words said by politicians, political organizations and the media. 

 

Snoopes.com

Goal is to debunk internet rumors. Think Kanye, the Kardashians or Jada Pinkett Smith. 

 

NPR Fact Checker

Occasionally NPR releases audio clips explaining the fact check. Majority of the time they report on political statements only.