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Sources for Verification
Some of the major sites for verifying stories are:
"PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics." Staff are from the Tampa Bay Times, owned by the Poynter Institute. Politifact's most famous feature is the Truth-o-meter. Pay careful attention to the analysis of information the Politifact journalists use-- this is often a source of disagreement with them.
Snopes is the "definitive fact-checking site" and urban myth site. Editors painstakingly track down and verify sources of information to confirm or dispell the internet rumors people send in. It also posts news-- so use the Fact Check section to find their methodical analyses.
When reading Snopes, note the sources that are referenced, including people and publications, and the analysis done on the information received.
This site, sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation, assesses the accuracy of political ads, debates, speeches and other public statements.
"Top 10 sites to help students check their facts"
This list, from the International Society for Technology in Education, includes other fact-checking websites.
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