Sadly, the tone of election politics is plummeting. Charges and counter-charges are flying back and forth. Lies are made when the truth stands right before us, but the news cycle is speeding up so quickly that we can hardly keep up.
The non-partisan FactCheck.org might be a good place to start sorting out truths from untruths. It was named to PoliticsOnline's 2006 list of The Top 10 Who are Changing the World of Internet and Politics.
Here is the mission statement for FactCheck.org:
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.
The Annenberg Political Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg in 1994 to create a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that would address public policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels.
The APPC accepts NO funding from business corporations, labor unions, political parties, lobbying organizations or individuals. It is funded primarily by the Annenberg Foundation.