The Truth-O-Meter has arrived in Ohio.
PolitiFact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking website of the St. Petersburg Times, has launched PolitiFact Ohio in a partnership with the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
It is PolitiFact's fifth state partnership, joining sites in Florida, Texas, Georgia and Rhode Island. The Ohio site can be accessed at www.politifact.com/ohio.
"Ohio is an important state in national politics, and it has an interesting cast of political characters," said PolitiFact editor Bill Adair. "It's a great state for the Truth-O-Meter."
PolitiFact Ohio has the same journalistic approach as PolitiFact. It is integrated with the national site and uses PolitiFact's distinctive Truth-O-Meter to rate the accuracy of statements by public officials in the state.
The Ohio team will be headed by Bob Higgs, a veteran editor of the Plain Dealer, and include seven writers from the newspaper's political team.
PolitiFact won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2009.