InSITE--Check Your Political Facts

It's tough to tell who's telling the truth during the political season, so I wanted to remind you about a site we featured months ago, but is more important now than ever. It's Fact Check, and there's enough material here to tick off both political parties.

First, a reminder of who they are. Based at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, they're nonpartisan, non- profit, and don't take money from special interest groups, including politicians or unions. The man in charge is a former political reporter and author.

Back to that front page. Very up to date articles on the Presidential debates, and what you should notice right off is the fact they're taking both candidates and both parties to task.  This one makes you want to vote for "none of the above." a summary of the last debate, very well laid out and easy to comprehend. If you watched the debate, and decided who to vote for from the "facts" you heard, better do a little more homework and make sure those facts were right. Both candidates played a little fast and loose with the truth. Note when you scroll down here you'll see a shaded box on the left with an exchange from the debate. On the right, the truth, and an explanation. One of the things I like best about the site, you don't have to be a political scientist to understand the explanation. It's clear, and to the point.

The second half of the ticket isn't much better, you can go through the Vice Presidential debate point by point as well.

They break down ads and events by month in the archive, so you can look back over the political season and check things you heard way back when to see if they stand up. There's a section of "special reports" handling hot topics, like this one about lies people send us via email. I'd strongly suggest you read this before you forward another email from a politician, or anyone else, without checking the facts. As you scroll through this one you'll learn some really important skills and lessons about finding the truth on the internet. Not always easy, but you can do it, and you should, before you forward another email.