"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts." -Daniel Patrick Moynihan-
"Candidates have been fudging facts to attract voters for 2,500 years.”
-Brooks Jackson, Director of the Annenberg Political Fact Check"-
The political climate out there is getting nastier & nastier. It's divisive, dirty, and downright depressing. It's easy to get sucked into the mud-slinging. As a librarian my advice is to get your facts checked out before your make decisions, and before you spread information that may be incorrect. And just because a political ad says its information comes from FACTCHECK.ORG--"It Ain't Necessarily So". Check it out yourself!
To get the STRAIGHT STORY go on over to FactCheck.org
According to Matt Schwartz, in a piece written for Good Magazine:
This site is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. This is what they're all about:
"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. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.
The Annenberg Political Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg in 1994 to create a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that would address public policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels.
The APPC accepts NO funding from business corporations, labor unions, political parties, lobbying organizations or individuals. It is funded primarily by the Annenberg Foundation."
Enough said! This is my own unpaid political announcement as a librarian who just wants to get the facts straight! Make factcheck.org a habit.