A web site devoted to “anti-spin”, FactCheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. The Annenberg Political Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg in 1994, the Annenberg Public Policy Center is a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that addresses public policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.
Funded primarily by an endowment from the Annenberg Foundation, until 2010 the APPC accepted NO funding from business corporations, labor unions, political parties, lobbying organizations or individuals. After 2010, donations accepted from individual members of the public were capped at $1000 and fully disclosed upon receipt. Not unlike the service performed by Scopes in refuting internet virus hoaxes, Viral Spiral debunks the online political spin that blurs reality. The Wire tackles the endless train of tripe filched from the daily media droppings by public officials and organizations. Ask FactCheck makes the service available to the average Joe, similar to our Property Appraiser's "Ask Lori" offering.
A spinoff of FactCheck headquartered at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, FlackCheck.org is a video-based counterpart to APPC’s FactCheck.org. Using parody and humor, FlackCheck.org debunks false political advertising, pokes fun at extreme language, and hold the media accountable for their reporting on political campaigns.
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