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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.
PolitiFact is a project of the St. Petersburg Times to help you find the truth in politics. We research their statements and then rate the accuracy on our Truth-O-Meter – True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False and False. The most ridiculous falsehoods get our lowest rating, Pants on Fire.
Scope Who is the intended audience? Currency Is the information still considered valid Originality Is this a primary source? or a secondary source which compiles, analyzes or evaluates a primary source? commentary on another source? Is it simply opinion? Reason What is the author's goal of the article / book / website? Expertise What qualifications does the author have? Why does this author have credibility