Savvy Chic

tidbits, thoughts, and ramblings. . .with a Mormon twist

Getting your Political Facts Straight September 11, 2008

Filed under: savvy thoughts — savvychic @ 12:49 pm

I wish people would just be honest and nice to each other. The world would be a much better place if that were so! Unfortunately, that is not how it always is, and during an election year, it seems to bring out the worst. Actually, the opponents try to bring out the worst in each other, and when the facts don’t do the damage they want, the candidates tend to make things up. But this is nothing you didn’t know already.

So, how do you separate the facts from the outlandish lies? In this day and age it isn’t so hard. We are blessed with some great resources. One of my favorites is Snopes for all those chain letters and downright mean emails that are passed along. Snopes sets the record straight on these rumors stated as facts. (I believe that is also called gossip!) Please check your emails through Snopes before passing them on.

Another favorite fact source is FactCheck.org. I receive email updates from them (you can also RSS feed) and find the information particularly useful when trying to decide on a national candidate. I am amazed, or rather appalled, by the outlandish lies that some of these politicians come up with. Also, I find it hard to believe some of the things I thought had to be wrong were actually right.

FactCheck.org was recently named one of the 20 best political websites by PC Magazine. They praised FactCheck’s extensive research team. I have also been very impressed by their impartial view on all candidates. They really are just checking the facts and getting them straight.

Another helpful news source for all things political is Politico. This news source started while our family lived near Washington DC. (Not that that has anything at all to do with their validity, it’s just a little tidbit of info.) They have some of the best people working on their staff, those that wanted the truth out rather than being so influenced by the agendas of those in control of their paychecks.

There is so much riding on this election and we are all obligated to truly make a valiant effort to decide who would be the best leaders for our country. And then, GET OUT AND VOTE! I won’t endorse a candidate here because I still need to know more. I am very grateful for the work of those who are diligently trying to get the real truth out, rather than hearsay or outright lies.

Again, here are those links:
FactCheck

http://www.factcheck.org/

Politico
http://www.politico.com/

Snopes
http://www.snopes.com/

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2 Responses to “Getting your Political Facts Straight”

  1. Victoria Says:

    Great article, Savvy Mormon Girl!
    I just used politico to check a fact that sounded too outrageous to be true, yet it WAS true:

    “Palin, who portrays herself as a fiscal conservative, racked up nearly $20 million in long-term debt as mayor of the tiny town of Wasilla”

    This and much more can be found at:
    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0808/12987.html

  2. Emily Says:

    Hey there,

    This is a great site! You are so creative and it is wonderful that you are willing share this with everyone. This has been very helpful and many other articles have been very helpful!

    Thanks!


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