A Tool For Fact Checking Tonight’s Debate

Are you planning to watch President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney face-off in Wednesday’s first presidential debate? You might check out the website PolitiFact.

Operatedby the Tampa Bay Times and affiliate media outlets, the PolitiFact team “fact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups.” You’ll find original statements and “truth” ratings in the “Truth-O-Meter” section. The ratings range from “True” for completely accurate statements to “Pants on Fire” for outright lies.

PolitiFact also offers an app called Settle It! for Android and iPhone devices. You can do real-time searches for keywords or candidates and get the very latest from the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking site.

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