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Featured Watchdogs

    Fact-checking journalism is the heart of PolitiFact. Our core principles are independence, transparency, fairness, thorough reporting and clear writing. We publish to give citizens the information they need to govern themselves in a democracy. It is focused on looking at specific statements made by politicians and rating them for accuracy.

  • Fact Checker (Washington Post)

    From columnist Glenn Kessler, focusing on accuracy of statements of political figures "regarding issues of great importance, be they national, international or local" is of utmost importance. In a busy, 24-hour news cycle, it's hard to spot the truth behind the rhetoric. We're doing it for you.

  • PunditFact

    PunditFact is a project dedicated to checking the accuracy of claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers, political analysts, the hosts and guests of talk shows, and other members of the media. It defines a pundit as someone who offers analysis or opinions on the news, particularly politics and public policy.

Featured Tools
  • Know your meme

    Know your meme is a website dedicated to documenting Internet phenomena such as viral videos and image macros. It researches and documents Internet memes and viral phenomena. Founded in December of 2008, Know Your Meme's research is handled by an independent professional editorial and research staff and community members.

  • YouTube Data Viewer

    The YouTube Data Viewer is a simple tool to extract hidden data from videos hosted on YouTube. It allows you to extract the following variables, which are most useful for tracking down original content: Exact upload time and All thumbnails. It was developed by David Danforth for the Citizen Evidence Lab.

  • BS Detector

    This browser extension works on Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Safari, and Edge, and gives you warnings when you are on a page that contains possible fake news. It analyses the site links to check for unreliable sources and possible fake news and then tells you why a particular site was flagged.

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