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

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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