One of the best tools, especially regarding politics – and we’re entering an intense political season – comes from my friends at the non-profit Poynter Institute, which recently acquired PolitiFact.
PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact staffers research statements and rate their accuracy on the Truth-O-Meter, from True to False. The most ridiculous falsehoods get the lowest rating, Pants on Fire.
The top PolitiFact story yesterday: Did Zero Tolerance Policy Reduce Illegal Immigration? The Department of Homeland Security credited the policy for a dip in migration numbers but, according to PolitiFact researchers, it’s too soon to make that claim.
While we’re on the subject of immigration, I’d like to suggest something entirely different — a short video that I think will inspire you (click on the image).
In the end, the best editors, producers, filmmakers and journalists share the sameraison d’être, perfectly expressed by my friends at PoltiFact.
To give citizens the information they need to govern themselves in a democracy.
With warmest regards,