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Separate Campaign Hype from Fact

Did Sarah Palin attempt to have books removed from the Wasilla Public Library? Did Barak Obama sponsor legislation to teach comprehensive sex education to kindergarteners? The allegations, whether from the presidential candidates’ campaigns or third parties, are coming fast and furious as we head toward election day. Here are a couple of web sites you can use to check the veracity of the charges. FactCheck.org, http://www.factcheck.org/, is a site maintained by Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. PolitiFact.com, http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/, is a joint project of the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly ( a reputable commercial publisher based in Washington, D.C.). Both of the sites investigate the allegations and provide a report based on reputable sources. As to the allegations referenced above, PolitiFact.com placed them both in their infamous “Pants on Fire��? category.

For more information about researching campaign issues, contact bibliographer Richard Irving: 442-3698 or rirving@uamail.albany.edu.

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