U.S. Presidential Debate Underscored Rise of Fact-checking Tools

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By: C. Daniel Guerra | Knight Center

As the Oct. 3 debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney showed, journalists in the U.S. are increasingly using fact-checking websites as another way to inform and engage the public.

Websites such as FactCheck.org monitor and analyze candidates’ statements or political ads for accuracy and truthfulness. The sites often use graphics along with their findings to visually demonstrate if a candidates’ statements are misleading.

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