The mission of Just Facts is
to research and publish verifiable facts about the leading public policy issues
of our time.
To accomplish this with impartiality and excellence,
we abide by
Standards of Credibility to determine what
constitutes a credible fact and what does not.
Our vision is to equip individuals
throughout the world with facts that empower them to make truly informed
decisions. This requires authoritative facts that accurately convey big picture
realities, not half-truths or talking points.
Just Facts is passionate about
finding the truth and making it known, and thus, we work diligently to ensure that our research
is scrupulous and comprehensive. If, however, you should ever find an error in
our research or feel that we have missed a critical fact that alters the
implications of any matter we have addressed, please
contact us, and we promise to make it
We strive for continuous improvement
and thus encourage rigorous critique, but we do not have the resources to
investigate unsupported claims, so please fully substantiate any assertions that
you make with exact quotes from reliable primary sources.
Just Facts is a
non-profit research and educational institute that began as an informal endeavor
in 1997 and was formalized as a 501(c)3 organization in November 2007. Research
from Just Facts has been cited by universities, think
tanks, major media outlets, prominent commentators, scholarly journals, and government entities at local, state and national
Visitors to Just Facts number in the millions, and numerous
notes of appreciation
from our readers underscore the impact of this worthwhile endeavor.
James D. Agresti, the
president and primary
researcher, holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Brown
University and has worked as a designer of jet aircraft engines, a technical sales
professional, and chief engineer of a firm that customizes helicopters. He is
the author of
Rational Conclusions, a highly researched book evidencing factual
support for the Bible across a broad array of academic disciplines.
Stephen F. Cardone, the
vice-president, holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Brown University
and has 20+ years of private
industry experience in corporate management, operations, logistics, accounting,
and customer service. Additionally, Just Facts' board of directors, supporters, and
contractors are all an
integral part of our organization.
Nearly everyone has personal political
views, especially those involved in policy research and journalism. In the
interest of transparency, we think it is incumbent upon such individuals to
straightforwardly disclose this information,
despite the fact that they often fail to do so and claim that this lack of
disclosure is a mark of objectivity.
As is the case with any thoughtful group of people, the staff and board members
of Just Facts have some varying opinions, but we overwhelmingly subscribe to these defining principles
articulated in the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men
are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain
unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of
In general parlance, we are conservative/libertarian in our viewpoints,
but unlike many organizations and media outlets, this does not mean we give
preference to facts that coincide with our opinions. Quite
the contrary, we are
committed to objectivity and will report any fact that meets the criteria below,
regardless of the implications.
Every effort is made to keep the facts as plain as possible and to use
language that is clear and precise.
* Excluded Facts: The only
excluded are those that are rendered pointless by other facts and those that do not meet the Standards of Credibility listed here.
* Accuracy: Just Facts does not use
sources uncritically, and before citing them, we often perform investigative and feasibility studies to
test their veracity. Just Facts is also committed to documenting the facts we
publish far more thoroughly than standard academic practice requires. Hence, all
of our research since 2001 contains footnotes with direct quotes and/or raw data from
the cited sources. This allows readers to quickly verify that we accurately
represent these citations.
Our goal for every fact is 100% transparency.
* Estimates and Minor Discrepancies:
These are handled by giving preferentiality to figures that are contrary to our
viewpoints and by using the most cautious plausible interpretations of such
* Conclusions and Quotes: Every effort is made to keep quotes within context. Conclusions and quotes made by people with vested interests are excluded except to point out inconsistencies and hypocrisy.
* Incomplete Data: "Facts" that
do not account for
vital contextual information are not included in our research. Example: A study determines that under a certain proposal,
"taxes for the average family will increase by $700 over the next four years." This would be excluded if the study did not account for inflation, which may add $300 to the average tax bill regardless of whether or not the proposal is adopted.
* Balance: Our goal is comprehensive accuracy, not balance. Press outlets often provide quotes from people on opposing sides of an issue. This, in our opinion, is a charade. First, there is nothing to prevent a news source from quoting the most compelling argument from one side and the weakest
from the other. Second, such soundbites are often loaded with rhetoric and misinformation. Our purpose is to publish
verifiable facts regardless of the views they support, not to
circulate half-truths and propaganda.
While today's news media can be
entertaining, ask yourself, "Does it give me the information I need to make
decisions in my life and in the voting booth?"
Make the effort to gather credible facts and ponder their implications. Your
views and your vote impact not only your life but the people around you. Refuse
to allow misinformation or irrationalities to manipulate your thinking. Form
your own opinions based upon serious thought and broad knowledge.
Producing quality research takes time
and money. Please help us shift public opinion to reflect reality
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