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.
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ideological spectrum. Examples of such include:
major media outlets, such as CBS, PBS, the
Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, the Huffington
Post, and Roll Call.
educational institutions, such as Pepperdine
University, Vanderbilt University, West Virginia University, and numerous
grade schools and high schools.
government entities, such as the Wisconsin
Legislature, the Oklahoma Department of Labor, and the education ministry of
academic publishers and publications, such as
Gale Cengage Learning, Encyclopędia Britannica, the Journal of Global Faultlines,
and the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.
think tanks, such as the Hoover Institution, Heritage Foundation,
Intellectual Takeout, and
Instituto Liberdade (Brazil).
political and advocacy groups, such as the
Liberal Democratic Party (Australia), the Fulton County Republican Party,
and the Washington Education Association.
prominent companies, commentators, and
organizations, such as IBM Corporation, Rush Limbaugh, and the American Nurses
Furthermore, millions of people from more than 150 countries have directly
accessed the research on our website. Some of these individuals have sent us
notes of appreciation that
highlight the value of this research to them.
Who We Are
Just Facts is a
non-profit research and educational institute that began as a website in 1997 and was formalized as a 501(c)3 organization in November 2007.
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.
* Clarity: Just Facts uses verbiage that is precise and unambiguous in order to
leave as little room as possible for misinterpretation.
* Reliability: Just Facts does not use
sources uncritically, and before citing them, we often perform investigative studies to
assess their accuracy.
* Transparency: Just Facts is 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.
* Primary Sources: Just Facts makes
great effort to identify and use primary sources instead of secondary ones.
This is because secondary sources sometimes misrepresent primary sources or
convey their nuances or caveats. Since 2001, all of our research has been
conducted under this standard.
* Raw Data: Within reasonable constraints of time, Just Facts strives to present data in its rawest comprehensible form. Under the guise of
sophistication, academics can tinker with classifications, statistical methods,
and other variables to obtain the results they want. By providing unadulterated
data, Just Facts aims to curb the methodological trickery that besets public
* Context: Facts that
fail to account for
relevant context are not included in our research unless such context is provided. For example, many journalists and commentators have cited the rise in
national debt under various U.S. Presidents without mentioning the role of
Congress and numerous
other variables that affect the national debt. Just Facts spurns such
reporting because half the truth can sometimes be a lie.
* Estimates and Minor Discrepancies:
These are handled by giving preference to figures that are contrary to our
viewpoints and by using the most cautious plausible interpretations of such
* 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.
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