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COMS 151: Public Speaking

Course guide for COMS 151

Research Therapy: Evaluating Websites

Additional Fact-Checking Steps

Media Bias Chart

This chart provides visual context of where various media sources fall on the spectrum of neutral/objective reporting. It's also indicated if these sites tend to do more original/fact-based reporting. Since you've probably come across many of the sites shown in the chart, refer back to this infographic as you determine the usefulness of various news sources. Right click to open image in a new tab.

Other useful fact-checking steps:

  • Media Bias / Fact Check - Founded in 2015, Media Bias/Fact Check is an independent online media outlet and is dedicated to educating the public on bias and deceptive news practices.
  • - A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, FactCheck is a nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. 
  • PolitiFact -  Launched in 2007 as an election-year project of the Tampa Bay Times, PolitiFact's core principles are independence, transparency, fairness, thorough reporting and clear writing. This independent site focuses on looking at specific statements made politicians and rates them for accuracy.
  • Washington Post Fact Checker -  Started prior to the 2008 presidential election (later revived as a permanent feature in January 2011), the goal of Fact Checker is to review politicians' statements on issues for accuracy. Additionally, this site strives to explain difficult issues, provide missing context and analysis, as well as further explanation/definition of various "code words" used by politicians, diplomats, and others to obscure the truth.  


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