Washingtonpost.com Launches FactChecker

    September 19, 2007

The washingtonpost.com has introduced the "FactChecker," an interactive feature that will be part pf the Post’s coverage of the 2008 presidential election on both the washingpost.com and in the newspaper.

The "FactChecker" will offer readers a chance to verify facts behind the candidate’s positions and statements. Once a week, the "FactChecker" will post an item and readers will be able to add commentary on an issue and make topic suggestions as well as bring to light false claims by candidates, interest groups, and the media.

"We see fact checking as a collaborative effort and encourage readers to become part of the discourse," said Liz Spayd, Editor, washingtonpost.com.

"We believe the ‘FactChecker’ will provide an important resource for accurate, bi-partisan information on the issues most important to voters following the campaign trail."

Washington Post writer Michael Dobbs will be the author of the "FactChecker." After "FactChecker" presents an issue of national interest and receives reader’s comments, as well as responses from presidential candidates, Dobbs will offer comprehensive analysis on the issue.