The Truth-O-Meter has arrived in Georgia.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has launched PolitiFact Georgia, the third state site for the fact-checking venture of the St. Petersburg Times. The Georgia site is focusing on the 2010 campaigns, particularly the races for governor and U.S. senator.
Like the other state sites in Texas and Florida, PolitiFact Georgia uses the same journalistic approach and reader-friendly design as PolitiFact.com, the Times' national fact-checking site. The Georgia edition is integrated with the national site and uses the Truth-O-Meter to rate the accuracy of statements by candidates, elected officials and political parties.
"In this day and age when there is so much information out there, people want to know what the truth is," said Julia Wallace, the editor of the AJC. "That's what's so powerful about PolitiFact — it answers what the truth is."
The AJC's PolitiFact team is led by veteran writer Jim Tharpe and includes writers Willoughby Mariano and Eric Stirgus, who formerly worked for the St. Petersburg Times in Clearwater.
"We've found the Truth-O-Meter works as well in state and local politics as it does at the national level," said Bill Adair, the Times' PolitiFact editor. "There are some spirited campaigns in Georgia this year, so we know the meter will be busy."
The Times is seeking organizations in other states that want to form similar partnerships.
"Our expansion in Georgia continues the St. Petersburg Times' commitment to PolitiFact as a promising new form of journalism that harnesses the power of the Web," said Neil Brown, the Times' editor.
PolitiFact, launched in 2007, won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.