5 Fact Checking Websites to Help You Decode the Obama & Romney Debate

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Democrat RepublicanAre you ready for the second presidential debate tonight between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney? Got your Team Romney or Team Obama sweatshirt? How about your list of fact checking sites to help you evaluate which candidate is telling the truth and which one is blowing smoke up your you-know-what? Good news on the last one: if you want to know if the Democrat or the Republican is lying during the debate, we've got you covered.

Here's the run-down on the bipartisan fact checking sites that will do all the work for you so you can pay attention to Moderator Candy Crowley asking the candidates the questions.

PolitiFact -- Run by the Tampa Bay Times, they rank political statements on a scale from "true" to "pants on fire." The site promises its facts are true because "we are not beholden to any government, political party, or corporate interest. We are proud to be able to say that we are independent journalists."

FactCheck.org -- The non-profit considers itself a “consumer advocate” for voters, and it's run by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. There's even a section of the site devoted entirely to debunking viral Internet rumors.

The Fact Checker -- Run by the Washington Post, the column is less in depth, but that doesn't mean it's any less accurate. Run by Glenn Kessler, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, the site rates politicians on a scale of one to four Pinocchios.  

Twitter -- OK, it's not a fact-checker so much as a great spot to hear what other people are questioning. And from there, you need to head to ...

Google -- The pros aren't the only ones who can sniff out the background on a story. The more time you spend looking this stuff up, the more educated a voter you become.

Do you fact check during the debates or do you prefer to look things up later?


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Procr... Procrastamom

Oh Jeanne, don't you know that the entire media is Left leaning and biased?  Yes, even Fox and Redstate are run by Pinko, Commie, Left leaning Loonies!  I heard it on the internet, so it must be true.

Oh, one more thing.  Romney and Ryan FINALLY released details of their tax plan.  I can really see where they're coming from now and what direction they wish to take America in.  See for yourself:


kelti... kelticmom

Procrasta, that link was hilarious. I'm not voting for either candidate, as Nice Peter put it on his Epic Rap Battle that came out yesterday (which is also hilarious) it's like trying to choose the shinier of two turds. Sigh. Oh Ron Paul. If you only had a chance.....

itsgrim itsgrim

I prefer to give the debates my full attention, then entertain the post-mortems by the pundits and fact-checkers (or fact-spinners, as is often the case) the next day.  I always go back to official websites whenever possible.  I would absolutely love a 'no-bullshit' rule applied to these debates (and all campaign ads and literature), where every single thing said had to be true - not true with a qualifier, or true if you do this funky math or start keeping track on Wednesday instead of Sunday - I mean actual truths and facts, so fewer people relied on a talking head to tell them what to think.

A girl can dream, right?

itsgrim itsgrim

How can any intelligent American vote for a man clouded in secrecy who habitually bends the truth?

I'm sure you can find the 2008 voting results to find out exactly how "intelligent" Americans did just that...

wamom223 wamom223

Procrasto you are disgusting.  That is not Romney's site and it is so gross that you would post it every where and say it is.  You know if you don't want everyone to think you're a soulless liberal you should quit acting like one.  

Procr... Procrastamom

Aww, poor little (cafe) wamom. Did I hurt your feeling? Did you get excited and accidentally click? Did you not get the information you were looking for? Welcome to the life of every single undecided voter who wants answers on Romney's tax plan.

wamom223 wamom223

Its funny I thought you were annoying and now I know what your really are.  The information is out there and its not anyone else's fault that you and Obama aren't smart enough to get it.  But that's straight from the liberal hand book isn't procrasto, if you don't understand it belittle it.

wamom223 wamom223

Oh and one more thing Procrasto.  All it took was one look to know that site was faked and I'm not the only conservative that thought so.  It seems to me you were trying to use someone as a useful idiot which is what you liberals do right? 

Procr... Procrastamom

It seems to me you were trying to use someone as a useful idiot which is what you liberals do right? 

Well, it's certainly not ALL I do - I have a job and kids and a husband and a home and hobbies and interests - but everyone's gotta have a little fun once in a while, am I right?  Oops, I forgot.  Conservatives don't know that word:  FUN.  Ya'll need to loosen up and laugh at yourselves once in a while....you should try it, (cafe) wamom.

wamom223 wamom223

Wow I don't find making someone look like an idiot for my own personal gain funny but have it. 

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