Thanks to the internet, smartphones and a 24-hour news cycle, it is easy to get information these days. Unfortunately, making sure that information is correct and from a reliable source can be more challenging. That can be especially true during a political campaign season. FactCheck.org is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit “consumer advocate” site for voters that monitors the factual accuracy of statements made by U.S. politicians and policymakers. It is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
The FactCheck.org website includes a special section related to news about science and medicine. The subsite, SciCheck, provides explanations and assessments of accuracy for science-based news, with a particular focus on false and misleading assertions by political partisans who may be attempting to influence public policy.