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PunditFact, new fact-checking website, launches Monday

Coming Monday: PunditFact.

The website dedicated to checking claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers and talk-show hosts and guests is being launched by PolitiFact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking site of the Tampa Bay Times.

PunditFact defines a pundit as someone who offers analysis or opinions on the news, particularly politics and public policy. One can engage in punditry by writing, blogging or appearing on radio or TV. A pundit is not an elected official, a declared candidate or anyone in an official capacity with a political party, campaign or government.

PunditFact is a partnership of PolitiFact and the Poynter Institute, the journalism school that owns the Times.

PolitiFact occasionally has fact-checked pundits and talk-show hosts, but now that work will fall to a separate staff of journalists at the new site, PunditFact.com.

"The premise of PunditFact is this: Even in the entertaining and boisterous world of punditry, words matter and people should be held accountable for what they assert," said Aaron Sharockman, editor of PunditFact.

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