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Fact Check

John Boslet


Fact Check is a nonprofit consumer advocate organization aiming to reduce the level deception and confusion within the United States political processes.

what it has data about:



what time periods it covers: December 2003 to present day.

what geographical area it covers: Mostly the United States, but the site has included an international section.

for which of Factistan’s issues it has relevant data:  FactCheck contains articles pertaining to all of Factistan’s issues.

who collected it: This website is led by a staff of eight people who are named as follows:

  1. Brooks Jackson
  2. Eugene Kiely
  3. Kathleen Hall Jamieson
  4. Lori Robertson
  5. Robert Farley
  6. D’Angelo Gore
  7. Vanessa Schipani
  8. Aous Abbas

how they collected it: The staff of this site uses a variety of resources to collect data including primary sources, TV talk shows, TV ads, CQ transcripts, C-SPAN, & campaign and official websites, press releases, and similar materials.
how they present it: FactCheck uses an assortment of data sets, tables, and other visualizations to ensure the reader has all the information needed.

The following is a sample article to show how FactCheck educates the reader with data tables and other visualizations.                                                             

President Trump’s Inaugural Address

Trump portrayed the U.S. as crime-ridden and promised to stop the “American carnage.” But the U.S. violent crime rate in 2015 was less than half what it was at its peak in 1991.

Trump promised to “bring back our jobs.” Manufacturing jobs have been on the decline for decades, but Trump inherits an overall economy that has gained jobs for a record 75 straight months and has an unemployment rate well below the historical norm.

Data of U.S. violent crime rate from 1960 to 2014

Trump promised to “bring back our borders,” blaming past politicians for “refusing to defend our” border. But the U.S. Border Patrol budget has tripled since 2001, and the number of border patrol agents has doubled. Southwest border apprehensions have dropped 75 percent from the peak in fiscal 2000.

Bring Back Our Jobs

Trump blamed “other countries” for “destroying our jobs,” and he promised that he would “bring back our jobs.” He did not name the countries or how the jobs were destroyed. But Trump regularly blamed Mexico and China during the campaign, citing the North American Free Trade Agreement and China’s entry into the World Trade Organization. NAFTA took effect Jan. 1, 1994, and China entered the WTO Dec. 11, 2001.

Poverty and Welfare

Trump spoke of “mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities,” and he promised, “We will get our people off of welfare and back to work, rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.”

The number of people receiving food stamps from 1997 to 2016

That legislation, which created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, or TANF, to replace the Aid to Families With Dependent Children program, imposed time limits for cash assistance and work or work-related requirements for recipients to continue to receive welfare.

The average monthly number of individuals and families on TANF since fiscal year 1997 has declined by 75 percent and 69 percent, respectively. And the AFDC program provided cash assistance to even greater numbers in the years prior. The average monthly number of individuals receiving assistance in fiscal 1970 was 7.9 million. The figure for 2016 was 2.8 million.

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Jackson, Brooks, Eugene Kiely, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Lori Robertson, Robert Farley, D’Angelo Gore, Vanessa Schipani, and Aous Abbas. A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center, Nov. 2014. Web. 09 Feb. 2017.