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Checking Facts

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  1. -10-07-08 Fact Checking McCain's Role With Keating and Deregulation (CNN News)
      "McCain did push to delay regulations that would have cracked down on savings-and-loans practices and intervened on Keating's behalf, although he was cleared of wrongdoing in the 'Keating Five' case."

      "In the end, the [Senate ethics] committee recommended McCain and Sen. John Glenn be dropped from the probe — although McCain was rebuked by the Senate for using 'poor judgment' in his relationship with the millionaire banker." 10-08

  2. -10-07-08 Fact Checking Palin's Claim That Obama Is "Palling Around With Terrorists" (CNN News)
      "There is no indication that Ayers and Obama are now 'palling around,' or that they have had an ongoing relationship in the past three years. Also, there is nothing to suggest that Ayers is now involved in terrorist activity or that other Obama associates are." 10-08

  3. -10-08-08 Fact Checking Statements Made in the 2nd Presidential Debate (Newsweek)
      "We noted some misleading statements and mangled facts." 10-08

  4. -Fact Check on the VP Debate (USA Today)
      "A look at some of the claims made by Sen. Joe Biden and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in the vice presidential debate Thursday night in St. Louis:" 10-08

  5. -FactChecking the Presidential Debate (Newsweek News)
      "McCain and Obama contradicted each other repeatedly during their first debate, and each volunteered some factual misstatements as well. Here's how we sort them out...." 09-08

  6. Fact or Falsehood Regarding Palin? (FactCheck.org)
      "We’ve been flooded for the past few days with queries about dubious Internet postings and mass e-mail messages making claims about McCain’s running mate, Gov. Palin. We find that many are completely false, or misleading."

      "She did not demand that books be banned from the Wasilla library."

      "Palin did not cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent. She didn’t cut it at all. In fact, she increased funding and signed a bill that will triple per-pupil funding over three years for special needs students with high-cost requirements."

      "Palin has not pushed for teaching creationism in Alaska's schools." 09-08

  7. Fact or Falsehood? (FactCheck.org - Annenberg Public Policy Center)
      In an attempt to discredit political opponents, presidential candidates have, on occasion, distorted the facts. The Annenberg Public Policy Center checks allegations to determine if the facts are presented truthfully. Provides links to original sources of information when "debunking" a statement.

      The site quotes Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan: "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts." 09-08

  8. Fact or Falsehood? (Politifact.com)
      In an attempt to discredit political opponents, presidential candidates have, on occasion, distorted the facts. Provides facts to back up its ratings of statements by candidates on a "Truth-O-Meter." The statements of candidates, including ads, can go from True to "Pants on Fire." 09-08

  9. Online Rumors About Barack Obama (Snopes.com)
      "Green bullets are used for two similar but distinct types of entries: claims that are demonstrably true, and urban legends that are based on real events."

      "Red bullets mark claims which cannot be established as true by a preponderance of (reliable) evidence. Some urban legends are also placed into this category because they describe events too implausible to have actually occurred, or too fantastic to have escaped mention in the media of the day." 08-08

  10. Online Rumors About John McCain (Snopes.com)
      "Green bullets are used for two similar but distinct types of entries: claims that are demonstrably true, and urban legends that are based on real events."

      "Red bullets mark claims which cannot be established as true by a preponderance of (reliable) evidence. Some urban legends are also placed into this category because they describe events too implausible to have actually occurred, or too fantastic to have escaped mention in the media of the day." 08-08

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