14 Mar

Based on how I’ve used Poligraft, it is a pretty good fact-checking tool, but a few things could be added. Right now, citations only include which organizations have given contributions, but additional information could be added, such as the politician’s state and a few other facts. This way, journalists would not have to constantly look up other facts about politicians.

The story I used describes Rick Santorum’s primary victories in Alabama and Mississippi. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingirch had been battling each other for the second-place victory, although Romney also picked up a caucus victory in the American Samoa. One of Romney’s senior campaign advisers said the campaign met its goal of taking about one-third of Alabama’s and Mississippi’s delegates.

When I ran this article through Poligraft, it showed citations for George W. Bush, Rick Santorum, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, the Senate Conservatives Fund, and it tried to cite Chris Welch, one of the writers of this story. However, Chris Welch ended up being incorrectly cited as Emanuel Welch, a Democratic politician.

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