Be an informed voter.Trustworthy and factual information is available on-line at C-Span, Library of Congress and Thomas Library, and the Pulitzer Prize winning fact-check site, Politifact. Watch C-Span's video archives showing Senate and House proceedings. Go to the Thomas Library, and read the actual text of sections of bills at the core of greatest controversy in Congress. Compare this primary source information with how this information is represented in public statements made by members of Congress, various pundits, talk radio, political blogs, Fox News, CNN, and others. Not-so-recent information is usually available through on-line video or print archives provided by most credible news organizations. Also compare primary source information with statements and reviews posted on most web sites of tax-exempt political groups, for example, Citizen's United. Additional factual information is available at The Sunlight Foundation and Fact Check, which is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center.
On-line Resource Sites
- Library of Congress, Thomas Library, read the full text of bills
- Google Scholar, search Articles or Legal Opinions and Journals
- Politifact, Pulitzer Prize winning fact-check research group
- The Sunlight Foundation, uses cutting-edge technology and ideas to make government transparent and accountable.
- Fact Check, which is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center
- U.S. PIRG, federation of state Public Interest Research Groups
- White House
- President Obama's weekly 3-5 minute address
- Supreme Court
- The U.S. House of Representatives, Committee On Rules
- Office of Congressional Ethics
- Ilona Nickels, Congressional Scholar
Disinformation is false information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth. (Merriam-Webster)
Primary sources of information are the best defense against disinformation. And it’s true: Informing oneself from primary sources requires more time and effort than a quick listen to sound-bite news summaries.
Why is it worth it? Because, rather than pundits’ opinions, you get the facts—and can take well-informed action.