FactCheck.org: Scraped Webfeeds

I love FactCheck.org – a nonpartisan project by the Annenberg Public Policy Center that uses journalistic expertise to “monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.”

If ever there was a presidential election that needed such context, 2004 is the year.

You can subscribe to receive free e-mail alerts whenever FactCheck.org publishes a new article. Unfortunately, they don’t yet offer their own webfeed. According to Feedster’s Feedfinder service, three third-party “scraped” webfeeds are available that deliver FactCheck.org headlines.

Yes, I know that scraped webfeeds present an ethical quandary for some people. I’ve written about that issue before. But personally, if I want a webfeed to stay abreast of a site’s content and they don’t offer one, I’ll probably subscribe to a scraped feed as long as it delivers what I want. And when the content provider catches up with the 21st century and implements a webfeed, I’ll switch to the source. But frankly, I prefer webfeeds over e-mail alerts, whether they come straight from the source or not.

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  1. Hey, I read your blog a few weeks ago and was moved enough to try to find an answer 😉

    I recently created a FactCheck.org RSS feed that does not use screenscraping for the content.

    I signed up for their email alerts and used my mail server to export the data to a database.

    The feed is updated the instant their email hits my inbox 🙂