Political Communication

Since 1993 the Annenberg Public Policy Center has studied Americans’ political knowledge, discourse, media use and opinions about candidates and issues. Among our projects is the National Annenberg Election Survey (NAES). FactCheck.org researches the veracity of claims made by political candidates. The Annenberg Classroom and the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics offer an array of resources for educators and youth. Student Voices is a nationwide civic engagement initiative that encourages young people to become politically involved. The Institutions of American Democracy project examines the challenges facing the three branches of government, the press and the public schools and disseminates its findings to scholars and the public. The Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics (ISCAP) is home to a variety of interdisciplinary research programs in the social sciences and communication.

    Campaign Watch: 2016 Presidential Candidates’ Claims Examined by FactCheck.org and SciCheck

    With a flurry of candidates entering the 2016 presidential race, FactCheck.org and its science feature, SciCheck, are examining the campaigners’ recent statements and revisiting some past claims. In recent weeks, FactCheck.org has scrutinized or revisited claims made by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul; and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
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      FactCheck.org Introduces ‘SciCheck’ to Focus on Scientific Claims

      FactCheck.org, the nonpartisan fact-checking site, has introduced a new feature, “SciCheck,” to investigate science-based claims in political speech. In a blog post announcing the feature, Eugene Kiely, the director of FactCheck.org, said SciCheck “will focus exclusively on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy.”
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