Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies. —Friedrich Nietzsche  

Even if you are
a minority of one,
the truth
is the truth.
–Mahatma Gandhi

It is easier to believe a lie
that one has heard a thousand times
than to believe a fact
that no one has heard before.


The truth is incontrovertible.
Malice may attack it,
ignorance may deride it,
but in the end,
there it is.
–Winston Churchill

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
–Winston Churchill

There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.
–Maya Angelou

It is one thing to show a man
that he is in error,
and another to put him in
possession of the truth.
–John Locke

A lie told often enough
becomes the truth.

It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it.
–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Facts are many, but the truth is one.
–Rabindranath Tagore

The truth is more important
than the facts.”
Frank Lloyd Wright

The facts
fairly and honestly presented;
truth will take care of itself.

William Allen White,
American journalist, 1868-1944

Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes.
Jawaharlal Nehru quotes

Scientists often have a naive faith that if only they could discover enough facts about a problem,
these facts would somehow
arrange themselves in a compelling and true solution.

Theodosius Dobzhansky

Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coattails.
Clarence Darrow

They deem him their worst enemy who tells them the truth.

Time discovers truth.

The truth is what is,
 not what should be.
What should be
is a dirty lie.
–L. Bruce

Live truth instead of professing it.
Elbert Hubbard

Fact Checking, Hoaxes, Urban Legends,
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Fact Checking


PolitiFact - Tampa Bay Times;
Politifact Mobile
PundiFact - Washington Post (political literacy)

Conservative Fact Checkers

Conservative Fact Check
See also Media

Progressive Fact Checkers

Media Matters
, Political Correction
PR Watch; MJ on Romney
Truth Team (Obama's site) 
See also Media

Mobile Apps
Ad Hawk - Listens & identifies (Sunlight Foundation)
Super PACApp - iTunes
Slate Magazine
Google Play - politics 
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Chain E-mail: Suggested Response

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UrbanLegends -

Mythbusters (Discovery Channel)
The Skeptic’s Dictionary
Bogus Founding Fathers Quotes
    Bogus Anti-Gun Quotes

Health and Science

The Cochrane Collaboration
Quackwatch | 7 Signs
NASA on Moon Landing 
Creationism - Science Blogs


Common Fallacies 
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Misc. Politics 

Govtrack - Bills, votes
OnTheIssues - Everyone on every issue

Health Ins. Reform Reality Check

CIA Fact Book 
American Fact Finder (Census)
Military Spending by Country;
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National Priorities (NPP)
    "Bringing the Federal Budget Home"


Pew Research - Center for People & the Press
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Media Research Center
FAIR - Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
Accuracy in Media 
Media Matters
PR Watch - Center for Media & Democracy
     Alec Exposed 
ProPublica - MuckReads, etc.
FreePress - Media ownership section
Media Ownership Chart
ICIJ (Intl. Consortium of Investigative Journalists)
The Journalist's Toolbox 

Fact Checking Fox

Pew Research
Crooks and Liars
PolitiFact - St. Pburg Times
Salon - Inside the Fox News lie machine
News Corpse
Media Matters - liberal; Search
Alternet - liberal

Why Fact-Checkers Find More GOP Lies (The Wire)

Fact Checking MSNBC

Pew Research (Comment)

Why don't conservatives fact check MSNBC?

Political Myths

18 Crazy Right-Wing Myths About Obama, Debunked

5 Myths Liberals Have Created About Themselves - Townhall

Obama Conspiracy Theories - The Debunker’s Guide

Myths to Ditch - National Review

Crazy right-wing myths about Obama 2.0 - Salon

Obamacare Myths -

Debunking 4 Obamacare myths: Both sides get it wrong - CNN

Top 16 myths about the health care law - Politifacts

Money and Politics 

LegiStorm - Salaries, etc. - Money's influence
Players Guide - Money from groups 
FollowTheMoney - States
FundRace - Huffington Post

Federal Election Commission
Project Vote Smart - State money
CFI Research
Public Campaign
Public Citizen
Moneyed Politicians
Center for Competitive Politics
Democracy Now! video

The Campaign Legal Center


Audio and Podcasts

Polisource - Many Audio and video links
     Dozens of links to
Political Scene - New Yorker 
CBS News - Eye on politics 
CNN - Audio and video
NPR - Politics
Learn Out Loud - Political philosophy
Learn Out Loud - Contemporary issues
Learn Out Loud - Government
Learn Out Loud - Global politics
Learn Out Loud - Political figures
NY Times - mp3 for Political Points
Learn Out Loud - Liberal library
Learn Out Loud - Conservative library




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Data and Statistics
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Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Government Statistical Sites
Census Bureau
Congressional Budget Office
Department of Labor
Department of the Treasury
ESA (Economics and Statistics Admin.)

FRED (Federal Reserve Econ Data)
IMF Data and Stats
Internal Revenue Service
NBER (National Bureau of Economic Research)
OECD Stats 
Office of Management and Budget
Small Business Administration
Treasury Direct
White House - Bush Archives



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Blue Dog Coalition (Dems)
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All other parties are small.
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527 PACs
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SourceWatch (SW)


Polling Organizations

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