Making sense of the election

I don’t know about you, but I’m already so tired of the current presidential campaign that I just want to go to sleep and not wake up until Wednesday, November 7. But since I can’t do that, I might as well arm myself with the most accurate information possible. Here are some great sources for sorting fact from fiction. “We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.” Lots of articles with in-depth analysis, and they cite their sources.

PolitiFact. This Pulitzer-winning website is similar to FactCheck, but uses a “Truth-o-Meter” graphic so you can quickly get answers without having to read through a lot of information. It also includes longer articles if you want to read more about the issues. They also have a Truth-O-Meter app for your smartphone so you can factcheck on the go!

Snopes. Not just for politics, this reference site dispels myths about anything you can think of. Urban legends, forwarded emails, dubious claims shared on Facebook – do a quick search on Snopes, and you’ll likely find out the truth in seconds.

Do you have any favorite sources for sorting through the flurry of information we are bombarded with during election campaigns? Please let us know in the comments!

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2 Responses to Making sense of the election

  1. CK says:

    Great post. Being informed is an important civic responsibility. With family in a country ruled by an absolute monarch, I greatly appreciate that we can even be put out by the extensive interest in and coverage of political elections. I recommend the Library of Congress site: where you can find primary legislative source materials. If you like C-Span, you can read the Congressional Record or find the complete text of committee reports and bills.

  2. Jenny says:

    Great post, Linda!

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