Easy Online Ways to Test News Claims

  • a project of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies; searchable by theme, truthiness, and more. 
  • a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at U Penn
Global Fact-Checking Sites
  • a project of the Duke University Reporters' Lab
Fact Checker 
  • the Washington Post's project, spearheaded by reporter Glenn Kessler, to investigate the truth behind the political rhetoric
  • the oldest (b.1994) and largest fact-checking site online, widely regarded by journalists, folklorists, and readers as an invaluable research companion   
Google Fact Check Explorer  
  • powered by a claim review markup technology (which helps Google detect and display a fact check), this tool aggregates and thus helps users find  fact checks by independent organizations from around the world

Checking the Lean of Fact-Checking Sites

Remember, that just as "center" isn't the equivalent of "neutral" or "balanced," those who safeguard facts can have biases, too.  The online Fact-Checking sites on this AllSides chart (including several sites listed above) are scored according to a methodology that focuses on framing and perspective -- not on the facts themselves.. 

Click on the chart (or the URL below) to access the interactive version. 

visual fo the Fact Check Bias Chart, with categories idenitying groups and organizations on the spectrum from left to right