As the 2012 presidential campaign nears its climax, political rhetoric is at a fever pitch and fact-checkers are busier than ever. Are politicians bending the truth more this year than in past elections? Where’s the line between political hyperbole and flat-out lying — and how much do voters really care?
Fact Checking Resources
- FactCheck.org: A project of the Annenburg Public Policy Center
- Politifact.com: A project of the Tampa Bay Times and its partners
- SuperPacAPP: An iPhone app that identifies funding of and accuracy in political ads and that fact checks the content of the ad
- Why Politicians Lie (and Why They Can Get Away With it): Why we believe most people and why the bigger lie is the more effective lie (Psychology Today)
- Fact-Checking – What Exactly are We Debating Again?: Explains why fact-checking is in the news and argues that fact-checking is needed partly because of today's online media landscape (The Washington Post)
- The Death of the Fact in the Age of 'Truthiness: Explores the "backfire effect" of correcting a lie (NPR)
- Fact-Checking Campaign Lies – Does Anyboy Give a Damn: Asks some big questions on political falsehoods and provides a recent, albeit brief, historical context (The Atlantic)
- Fact-checking Gets Fact-checked: Curated list of articles on the topic of fact-checking from a media-insider viewpoint (Poynter)
Barbara O'Connor, professor emerita of communications at the Institute for the Study of Politics and Media at California State University, Sacramento
Eugene Kiely, deputy director of FactCheck.org
Dan Ariely, professor of behavioral economics at Duke University and author of "The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone -- Especially Ourselves"
Bill Adair, editor for PolitiFact and Washington bureau chief for The Tampa Bay Times
Erik Wemple, opinion blogger for The Washington Post