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Website Offers Help In Finding The Truth

Friday, Feb. 18, 2011

Fact or fiction? In government, sometimes it’s hard to tell. But PolitiFact, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Web site, provides an “accuracy analysis” of statements made by politicians and pundits.
You can check out the “Truth-O-Meter” to evaluate statements and claims in the news. In addition to covering national topics, the site gives ratings for news stories in Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Using an icon similar to an applause meter, the categories of truthfulness range from true to  “pants on fire” which is lower than false. The site also evaluates changes or perceived changes in political opinion or position: no flip, half flip, full flop.
Coverage of the 2008 election earned PolitiFact the Pulitzer, but its simplicity and candor have earned it many followers.

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