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Sorting fact from fiction

To the editor:

Need help sorting fact from fiction or debunking misleading claims on social media? The League of Women Voters of the Copper Country website (lwvccmi.org) provides links to reliable fact checkers.

Media Bias FactCheck (MBFC) relies strictly on signatories of the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) to evaluate political/factual bias of 3,100+ media sources (left, center-left, least biased, center-right, right, pro-science, conspiracy and pseudo-science, questionable sources, and satire). It includes the methodology used to classify each source. Sources rated very high or high on factual reporting have proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. The following are on MBFC’s 2020 list of the best, least biased fact-checking websites.

AP Fact Check focuses on political claims and publishes “Not Real News: A Look at What Didn’t Happen This Week,” which the Daily Mining Gazette often prints.

OpenSecrets.Org is the Center for Responsive Politics nonpartisan guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy.

Lead Stories uses the Trendolizer to track story trends and issue “hoax alerts” before fake news becomes viral. Their clever tag line is “Just Because It’s Trending Doesn’t Mean It’s True–Fact checking at the speed of likes since 2015.”

Ballotpedia is a nonprofit, nonpartisan encyclopedia that connects people to politics with a neutral point-of-view.

FactCheck.org, Annenberg Public Policy Center’s nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters, aims to reduce deception and confusion of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.

sunlightfoundation.com has a Web Integrity Project that monitors changes to government websites: “making government transparent and accountable through data, tools, policy and journalism.”

The St. Petersburg Times’s PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter helps people evaluate political claims by elected officials and others.

Check Your Fact is a right-center IFCN fact checker with high factual accuracy. They focus on hoaxes and political statements.

Science Feedback reviews climate-related and health and medical claims. Their fact checkers are PhDs who publish in peer-reviewed science journals.

Although not on the 20-best list, Snopes.com, the Urban Legends Reference Pages, is also highly rated. One of the first online fact-checking websites and a go-to for many, Snopes validates and debunks claims in American popular culture.

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