As we’re in the throes of the presidential election, and when you aren’t trying to tune out the noise and are actually listening to the two candidates and their political machines, it can be difficult to figure out who is really telling the truth.
Fortunately, there are several nonpartisan fact checking sites for you to compare the candidates, and several other sites, while they may not be nonpartisan, they are informative and worth a look.
According to the website, it’s a “nonpartisan, nonprofit ‘consumer advocate’ for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.” On the website, you can search by topic, submit questions, check out their featured articles and more. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Also a nonpartisan organization, this site allows you to follow the money. You can see who is contributing to members of Congress. In addition, it tracks money surrounding public policy issues like gun control, and which industry sectors and donors provide the most funding to candidates and special interests.
This site is run by the reporters and editors of the Tampa Bay Times. According to the site, “PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics.” Some of the more entertaining aspects of the site include PantsOnFire, in which they evaluate political statements made with the truth meter. For instance Antonio Sabato’s claim on the first night of the Republican National Convention that Obama is a Muslim was put to the test. The site includes a Colorado edition as well.
The Washington Post oversees this site, which aims to “’truth squad’ the statements of political figures regarding issues of great importance, be they national, international or local.” They do make the point that it’s a fact-checking site, not an opinion checking operation, so they only look at verifiable facts. For each fact check, they apply the Pinocchio Test: one Pinocchio means there is selective telling of the truth; four Pinocchios means it’s all rubbish.
While dedicated to uncovering the truth about all kinds of rumors and urban legends, this site is focusing heavily on the current election.
While there may be no way to really know who is telling the truth, hopefully these resources can help shed some light on the most bizarre presidential election in recent memory.