Updated to include Google's addition of a "Fact Check" category in Google News search results. See "Update" at the end of this post.
This 2016 election season in the United States has been like no other for a couple of reasons.
It has two leading presidential candidates comfortable using social media with hordes of rabid followers tearing up the social media channels with claims real and, well, a lot less so.
The live candidate debates have frequently degenerated into name calling and claims that are hard to believe.
What is an interested citizen to do?
Thankfully the other trend this season has been the wide range of sites offering fact-checking on what is being said by all sides.
Here is a starter list (it could never be truly comprehensive). The links lead to a site's political coverage where many, if no most, offer live fact-checking during major debates:
Big name media outlets on the right:
Wall Street Journal
Big name media outlets on the left:
New York Daily News
The Huffington Post
Mainstream media outlets:
The New York Times
The Washington Post
The Los Angeles Times
Foreign news media:
Hip media outlets:
Partisan advocacy organizations:
So, whether you're fact-checking a candidate debate or another's social media post, know that you have almost no end of sources tom verify what is being said.
Google has added Fact Check as a tag to search results involving major news stories. It says it is doing this to help searchers on the web identify stories that have a fact-checking in them. Google in a web post said:"We’re excited to see the growth of the Fact Check community and to shine a light on its efforts to divine fact from fiction, wisdom from spin."
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