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is a non-partisan, nonprofit website devoted to fact-checking claims made in the U.S. media.

Most of FactCheck.org’s content consists of rebuttals to what it considers inaccurate, misleading, or false claims made by and politicians. The site has also made a point of checking and correcting misleading claims made by various partisan groups. It as a “‘consumer advocate’ for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.”

FactCheck.org is a project of the at the University of Pennsylvania’s . It is funded primarily by the , a communication-oriented grantmaking institution, and receives additional funding from the . In 2010, the project began accepting donations from individual members of the public, largely in response to previous unsolicited offers of support from its readers.

FactCheck.org is one of several fact-checking projects that have emerged in the past few years, the most notable being the Pulitzer-winning PolitiFact, a project of the St. Petersberg Times; The Washington Post’s project, launched in early 2011; CNN.com’s “” feature on its ; and USC professor Andrew Lih’s experiment with a fact-checking wiki.

Besides maintaining its website, FactCheck.org has also experimented with podcasting. It aired 44 episodes of “” before discontinuing the show in January 2011.

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