NIE Tampa Bay Times Election 2012

PolitiFact

What is PolitiFact?

By Bill Adair, creator and editor of PolitiFact.

PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that the Tampa Bay Times started in 2007. It is unique because PolitiFact reporters not only write a traditional article when they fact-check a claim, they also make a rating on PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter, from True to our lowest rating, Pants on Fire.

We founded PolitiFact because we wanted to help readers sort out the truth in politics. Journalists had traditionally avoided making conclusions about whether something was true or false. But we felt that in an information age when people are bombarded with information from all sides, it is helpful to tell them what is accurate and what's not.

PolitiFact, which won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2009, has been featured on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Colbert Report, the Today Show and many other television programs.

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