Settle It! PolitiFact's Argument Ender
By Times Publishing Company
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Resolve political arguments at the dinner table, check the facts in campaign ads and test your knowledge of the Truth-O-Meter with PolitiFact's new Settle It! app.
Do you ever find yourself at the dinner table beside someone who seems to have the facts wrong? Do you wonder about the truth of campaign ads you see on on TV?
Try Settle It! - PolitiFact's Argument Ender, a free app that lets you to look up Truth-O-Meter fact-checks from PolitiFact.com, the Pulitzer Prize-winning website.
- Find fact-checks by searching name, keywords and subject
- Browse Truth-O-Meter ratings by person and subject
- Share your findings by email, Facebook and Twitter
- Take the PolitiFact Challenge and test your knowledge of the Truth-O-Meter
PolitiFact is a venture of the Tampa Bay Times and its partner news organizations. For more information on PolitiFact, go to: www.politifact.com
Please send feedback and suggestions to Politifact Mobile Support at http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/blog/2011/jun/30/help-us-improve-politifact-app/.
What's New in Version 1.0.2
Updated for the shiny new iPhone 5.
Thorough research, wish database was bigger
After reading the articles and explanations for several decisions, it's hard to argue with the staff's thoroughness. The summary at the bottom of each article is nice as a quick check, while the rest of the article lends legitimacy by documenting the process and the requirements. The fact that many decisions fall as "half" true or false, or "mostly" so, lends to the fine-tooth approach: if 100% of the statement is verifiable and irrefutable, the writer will make a mention of it.
Small quibbles: I wish the database were larger, but I would rather have quality over quantity. Also, VERY petty detail: the "challenge mode" is fun, but has one glaring annoyance: the player reads recent public statements, then rates the speaker as saying facts that are "true", "false", or "pants on fire". If the player chooses "false" rather than "pants on fire", or vice-versa, the choice is given an "incorrect" status. Really, can't the quiz lump "false" and "pants on fire" as the same answer ? It's a minor frustration, but easily fixed.
BTW, major LOL to anyone who says that, and I quote more than one reviewer here, that "facts have a --- bias." Ummmm, no, facts are simply facts. They can be incorrect, incomplete, or misleadingly stated, but they are just simply facts. My perusal of the articles leads me to the opinion the the writers take pain to be complete, correct, and contextual.
Works, but poorly
I love politifact and hoped they had an app that would be better than mobile browsing. Not so much. Biggest issue is the broken back button, but it's easy to get confused trying to find fact checks as well - the search button disappears with the keyboard. When I got to the article I searched for, the formatting was off. Finally the challenge mode throws in state-specific fact checks that won't be relevant to most of the audience, without even identifying the state until after you answer.
All that said, the search easily found the article, which loaded quickly. It never crashed, and the home button worked which provided a workaround for the Brocken back button.
So three stars, but it could really use some more attention from the dev team.
Great source of research
I'm an extremely conservative person who gets his news from Fox and ardently believes the mass media is very liberal. However, I don't agree with the negative reviews of other conservatives. The research is impeccable. Could be the best place to get an instant resource of background information on a subject. I will say that there may be a slight amount of liberal bias on the truth meter resulting from how they interpret the research. I just read the research and draw my own conclusions. Often I don't like what I'm reading but at least I fell like I'm getting the truth. I've actually moderated some of my more conservative beliefs after verifying some of their research on my own. Great App but is a little behind the times. Needs better updating. Hence only four stars
- Category: News
- Updated: Sep 27, 2012
- Version: 1.0.2
- Size: 8.3 MB
- Languages: English, German, Northern Sami, Spanish
- Seller: Times Publishing Co
- © Times Publishing Company
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPad, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), and iPod touch (6th generation).