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PolitiFact Is Going to Start Fact-Checking the Media with New PunditFact Venture

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Want to know if whatever vile garbage spewing from the mouth of some TV pundit is actually true? PolitifFact wants to give you a place to go.

PolitiFact, the fact-checking operation owned by the Tampa Bay Times, has just announced a new venture called PunditFact. Just as PolitiFact spends its time fact-checking the statements of government officials, Congress, and interest groups, PunditFact will devote its time to fact-checking pundits, columnists, bloggers, and various other talking heads.

Talk about an undertaking.

“Pundits on TV and radio, as well as bloggers and columnists, are prominent voices in our political discourse, yet sometimes they blur the lines between opinion and fact,” said Neil Brown, editor and vice president of the Times. “Now we will hold them accountable, much as we’ve done with politicians. PunditFact will be about accountability, not sanctimony. We think consumers of political information will welcome our independent and credible reporting.”

Thanks to $625,000 in grants from the Ford Foundation and the Democracy Fund, PunditFact will have a dedicated staff to comb through the numerous claims made by political commentators and give them one of the well-known PolitiFact ratings (Pants-on-Fire!).

“PunditFact will be an edition of PolitiFact that will invoke the look and feel of the national site. Each fact-check will be part of a pundit’s report card, so readers can see whether his or her ratings skew to the True or False end of the scale. PunditFact will publish analyses of its findings — the patterns of the falsehoods, the most popular talking points and stories about how they originated. The website also will tally ratings by news organization and will publish periodic report cards,” says Amy Hollyfield on PolitiFact’s announcement.

PolitiFact has occasionally fact-checked the media, but with the new venture they can devote more resources to it. There’s a lot of bullshit being vomited out on TV, and in papers. But to tackled bloggers? Good luck, PunditFact.

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PolitiFact Is Going to Start Fact-Checking the Media with New PunditFact Venture
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  • Yep

    The liberal media constantly makes stuff up, so they will have their work cut out for them.

  • http://cass-hacks.com Craig Schultz

    “yet sometimes they blur the lines between opinion and fact”

    Only “sometimes”?

    It’s more noteworthy when they don’t although it seems that as of the past few years, finding an article that isn’t more opinion than fact is like trying to find a living Dodo bird.

  • Jim Williams

    Much luck to you with this idea. I quit listening to any of the pundits a few years back when it finally dawned on me that they didn’t know much more than I did and that they spent their on-sir time either lyin’ or promoting their newest book. It was pretty easy to tell when they were lying too: whenever they were moving their lips.

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