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FactCheck is a non-partisan,[1] nonprofit[2] website that describes itself as a consumer advocate' for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics."[3] It is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and is funded primarily by the Annenberg Foundation.[3] FactCheck has won three Webby Awards in the Politics category, in 2008, 2010 and 2011.[4]

Most of its content consists of rebuttals to what it considers inaccurate, misleading, or false claims by politicians. FactCheck has also targeted misleading claims from various partisan groups.

Besides maintaining a website, distributes audio stories by podcast[5] and iTunes Radio.[6]


Topic in the 2004 Vice-presidential debate became a focus of political commentary following the 2004 vice-presidential debate between Dick Cheney and John Edwards. Cheney cited the website, claiming that the independent site defended his actions while CEO of Halliburton. Cheney's claim is disputed by as wrong, saying that "Edwards was mostly right" when talking about "Cheney's responsibility for earlier Halliburton troubles".[7]

Cheney's reference created some controversy because he incorrectly cited the web site's address as "" At the time of the debate, was controlled by Frank Schilling's company Name Administration Inc., who quickly redirected the address to point to an anti-Bush website owned by Bush critic George Soros.[8]

Spin-offs and other fact-checkers

  •[9] An educational resource for high school teachers and students. Sister site to and a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.[10] Created September 2005
  •[11] A service of the St. Petersburg Times - Created August 2007, uses the "Truth-o-Meter" to rank the amount of truth in public persons' statements. 2009 Pulitzer Prize Winner.
  • The Fact Checker (The Washington Post):[12] A project of The Washington Post, known for grading politicians on the factual accuracy of their statements with one to four "Pinocchios."[13] Created September 2007 by Post diplomatic writer Michael Dobbs specifically for the 2008 presidential campaign.[14] Shutdown Nov 4, 2008.[15] Relaunched with a broader focus in January 2011 with veteran Washington Post diplomatic correspondent Glenn Kessler at the helm. [16]
  • Bama Fact Check:[17] An Alabama-based, statewide partnership of newsgathering organizations which checks factual claims by politicians and public figures in Alabama. Partners in the project include The Anniston Star, The Decatur Daily, The Dothan Eagle, The Florence TimesDaily, The Opelika-Auburn News, The Tuscaloosa News and WVTM-TV in Birmingham.
  •[18] An independent fact checking organisation based in the UK which aims to "promote accuracy in public debate", launched in 2009.

See also

  • The Straight Dope
  • The Skeptic's Dictionary
  • MythBusters
  • Fact checker
  • List of common misconceptions


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