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Monday, August 15, 2011

Fact Check

Curious about a statement made by a political figure or candidate?

Here's a handy tool to use to check statements vs facts. FactCheck.org is a nonpartisan website that promises it will "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. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding."

The site also has a news quiz, place to submit questions, lesson plans and more. 

Checking facts is important for informed, active citizens. Listen to what the politicians or candidates have to say, then think critically about their statements. Make sure the information is accurate before forming your own opinions. Sometimes, a person makes a mistake, like when you say it is Tuesday when it is really Wednesday. Other times, a person says something that is partially or completely untrue. That's when you need to know how to know the difference.

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