As voters are bombarded by political ads where the source is somewhat obscure, many may turn to so-called fact-checking websites such as Politifact, FactCheck.org, or the Washington Post Fact Checker. While these sites, in all fairness, may try to maintain a certain level of integrity and objectivity, the source of their funding or their reader base may (read "does") have some impact, maybe not on what conclusions they draw so much as what facts they even choose to check in the first place. Don't bite the hand that feeds you (too hard)
We are all human beings and, as such, subject, consciously or unconsciously to our own bias and opinions.
Switching gears now to the second topic - advisor checklists, there is an endless array of posts out there "7 Questions to Ask Your Financial Advisor", "10 Things Investors Should Know", etc.
Now, think about it for a minute. Where do these lists come from?
If they are from an adviser, wouldn't it make sense for him or her to publish a list of questions they feel that they are better prepared than anyone else to answer.
If it's in a magazine or newspaper, who are the main advertisers? How is their bread getting buttered?
That "adviser checklist" probably shouldn't be counted on as a definitive guide to choosing an adviser. If I were to publish one here, it'd be a definitive guide to picking me. It'd be about as objective as a home-schooled, only child being crowned valedictorian.