Politifact's six ratings, True through False and Pants On Fire, are based on five principles.
- Words matter.
- Context matters.
- Burden of proof is on the person making the statement.
- Statements can be right and wrong.
- Timing and information available at the time the statement is made.
I don't know how or where I developed the habit of questioning so much of what I read and hear. But the habit has served me well. And I still believe that if we all had access to facts and good logic, we'd tend to reach similar conclusions.