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Lies and Truth Politicians Tell

This morning I heard an editorial on my local NPR station from Youth Radio wherein a high school student lamented that her teacher was great at teaching about past presidents, but not teaching about the current presidential race. If her teacher surfed over to FactCheckED.org and its “One-Stop Guide to Fact-Checking of Speeches and Debates in the Presidential Race”, she would find a very rich and easy- to-use resource.

FactCheckED.org is part of the FactCheck.org website, produced by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, which is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.

PolitiFact.com comes from the Tampa Bay Times  and examines statements by members of Congress, state legislators, governors, mayors, the president, cabinet secretaries, lobbyists, people who testify before Congress and anyone else who speaks up in American politics. Staff research these statements and then rate the accuracy on the Truth-O-Meter – True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False and False. The most ridiculous falsehoods get the lowest rating, Pants on Fire.

You can also find out how President Obama is doing on the more than 500 campaign promises he made in 2008 on the Obameter. Want the Replican equivalent? Check out the GOP Pledge-O-Meter .

Is your favorite politician being truthful or not? Information Edge gets to the real facts and analysis its clients need and want to stay ahead of the competition.

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