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Separate Facts from Fiction

Are you disgusted by the lack of substance in this year’s Primary Campaign?  Are you sick of “sound bites”?  Are you totally turned off by the hype and the hoopla, the personal attacks from all sides, by and for all the contenders?  Are you looking for the voice of REASON?

Visit the Library to sample some of the straightforward and reasoned journalism in publications we subscribe to.  We provide a number of periodicals that report and analyze the events and issues of the day.  In addition to Time and Newsweek, we carry such well known public affairs magazines as The Atlantic, Commentary, The Economist, The Nation, and The National Review.

Moreover, the New Yorker and Harper’s are also known for their substantial articles on public affairs.  For even more in-depth analysis, the Falmouth Library also subscribes to Foreign Affairs, The Progressive, Utne Reader, and World Affairs.  The Falmouth Library carries the current subscriptions of all these titles, and also provides access to the backfiles through our online databases.

There are also two online sources for separating the dross and drivel from the facts.
Since 2004, the Annenberg Foundation has sponsored www.FactCheck.org
From the site: 
“We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.
FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg to create a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that would address public policy issues at the local, state and federal levels.”

www.PolitiFact.com is the Pulitzer Prize winning project of the Tampa Bay Times and its partners to help you find the truth in politics. From the site:
“Every day, reporters and researchers from PolitiFact and its partner news organization examine statements by members of Congress, state legislators, governors, mayors, the president, cabinet secretaries, lobbyists, people who testify before Congress and anyone else who speaks up in American politics. We research their statements and then rate the accuracy on our Truth-O-Meter – True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False and False. The most ridiculous falsehoods get our lowest rating, Pants on Fire.”

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