Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

PolitiFact Virginia joins stable of state fact-checking sites

The Richmond Times-Dispatch today launches PolitiFact Virginia in partnership with, the Pulitzer Prize-winning website of the St. Petersburg Times.

Virginia is the eighth state site for PolitiFact, joining Florida, Texas, Georgia, Rhode Island, Ohio, Wisconsin and Oregon.

"PolitiFact has created the most extensive fact-checking effort in history," said Neil Brown, editor of the Times. "Millions of voters know what's true and what's not in this election thanks to our Truth-O-Meter."

Like the other state sites, PolitiFact Virginia is integrated with the national site and uses the Truth-O-Meter to rate the accuracy of statements from True to the lowest rating, Pants on Fire. PolitiFact rates statements by elected officials, party leaders, pundits, talk show hosts and others driving the political discourse.

Warren Fiske, a veteran political writer who worked 25 years for the Virginian-Pilot, will lead the Times-Dispatch team.

"We are very pleased to be part of the national PolitiFact family," said Glenn Proctor, executive editor and vice president/news of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "With PolitiFact Virginia, we enter a new and exciting era of watchdog journalism and political accountability on the Web."

The Virginia partnership is unusual because the Times-Dispatch is the flagship newspaper of Media General, the Richmond-based company that owns the Tampa Tribune, the Times' principal competition in the Tampa Bay area. The Tribune is not involved in PolitiFact Virginia.

Brown said the Virginia partnership made sense for both companies. "We're happy to see our PolitiFact brand in Virginia and we're glad the Times-Dispatch is partnering with us," Brown said.

Since the St. Petersburg Times launched PolitiFact three years ago, the national site and its state partners have rated more than 1,600 claims.

The national site also has the Obameter, which tracks and rates more than 500 of President Barack Obama's campaign promises. PolitiFact has won many awards, including the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

PolitiFact Virginia joins stable of state fact-checking sites 10/25/10 [Last modified: Monday, October 25, 2010 7:14pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. My AP Top 25 ballot: FSU out, USF, Florida Gators back in


    Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher still thinks he can have a good team, as I wrote in today's Tampa Bay Times. Maybe he's right.

  2. Forecast: Scattered thunderstorms in Tampa Bay; Maria could affect Carolinas


    Scattered thunderstorms will threaten the Tampa Bay area Sunday, but most of the area will see sunshine.

    Scattered thunderstorms threaten Tampa Bay on Sunday. [Courtesy 10News WTSP]
  3. Trump tweets and NFL response escalate drama of Sunday games


    The owners of the Baltimore Ravens, the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and other teams on Sunday joined a chorus of NFL executives criticizing President Donald Trump's suggestion that they fire players who kneel for the national anthem.

    President Donald Trump walks off the stage after he speaks at campaign rally in support of Sen. Luther Strange, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Huntsville, Ala. [Associated Press]
  4. Rays Journal: Duda home run sets Rays record


    BALTIMORE -- With one swing of the bat, Rays DH/1B Lucas Duda broke a team record and tied a personal mark in Saturday's game against the Orioles that was not complete at press time.

    Lucas Duda, right, watches his three-run home run against the Orioles.
  5. Brooksville motorcyclist crashes into pole, dies


    BROOKSVILLE — A motorcyclist crashed into a utility pole and died Saturday evening, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.