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Creating new forms of journalism that put readers in charge

It’s been 20 years since the Internet began to disrupt journalism. It has turned our business upside down, but it’s also given us a new canvas to invent different ways of presenting information. It’s time to start reimagining the news … Read more

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How PolitiFact gets ready for ‘the Super Bowl for fact-checkers’

The president's State of the Union address is "the Super Bowl for fact-checkers," former PolitiFact honcho Bill Adair tells a video crew at his new employer, Duke University.

PolitiFact -- which is owned by the Tampa Bay Times, which in turn is owned by Poynter -- gets a copy of the speech a few minutes before the U.S. House of Representatives Sergeant at Arms shouts "Mr. Speaker." Via instant message, PolitiFact editors assign reporters to specific sections of the speech.

The editors then gather in PolitiFact's "Star Chamber" and hand out Truth-o-Meter ratings, Adair says. Related: YouTube, news sites will livestream the State of the Union | The White House wants to be your second screen for State of the Union address
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New PolitiFact service will fact-check pundits

PolitiFact PolitiFact will launch a service called PunditFact that will be "dedicated to checking claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers and the hosts and guests of talk shows." Poynter -- which owns the Tampa Bay Times that operates PolitiFact -- is a partner on the project. The Ford Foundation and the Democracy Fund are funding it with seed money from Craigslist founder Craig Newmark's group craigconnects. Poynter will analyze "the reach and impact of PunditFact and will hold a conference to discuss the results," the announcement says.
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Researchers find politicians may fear fact-checkers

In the months before the 2012 election, state legislators in nine states received letters from two political scientists.

“We are writing to let you know about an important research project,” the letters began.

It wasn’t just a letter letting them … Read more

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PolitiFact Ohio gives Rachel Maddow a ‘Pants on Fire!’

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Rachel Maddow's claim that Ohio's budget calls for a "mandatory vaginal probe at the insistence of the state" is not true, PolitiFact's Ohio outfit says.

"Maddow was referring to a new requirement that women seeking abortions first receive ultrasounds to determine whether a fetal heartbeat is present," PolitiFact and Plain Dealer reporter Henry J. Gomez writes. Gomez got his hands on the budget, which says "only that an examination shall be performed externally."

"That puts Maddow’s 'vaginal probe' claim about as far as can be from the truth, into the realm of the ridiculous," Gomez writes. (more...)
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Study about PolitiFact — OK to call it a study?

PolitiFact Editor Bill Adair was careful to call a study that claimed his shop "rates Republicans as less trustworthy than Democrats" a "press release" when I asked him for comment about it last week.

"The authors of this press release seem to have counted up a small number of our Truth-O-Meter ratings over a few months, and then drew their own conclusions,” Adair wrote. (Poynter owns the Tampa Bay Times, which owns PolitiFact.) I asked the spokesperson for George Mason University's Center for Media and Public Affairs for a copy of the full study, about which I had indeed received a press release. In return, CMPA spokesperson Kathryn Davis sent me the following tables: (more...)
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Fact-checkers, copy editors on why they’ll be affected by Michele Bachmann’s retirement

U.S. Rep Michele Bachmann announced early Wednesday that she would not seek her seat next year, an announcement that will land hard on two constituencies: Fact-checkers and copy editors.



"She was great to cover because she was consistently and unapologetically wrong," Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler told Poynter in an email. "But others will fill the breach, I am sure!" In a post bidding her adieu, Kessler wrote that Bachmann's absence "will leave the Capitol a much less interesting place to fact check." (more...)
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Study: PolitiFact finds Republicans ‘less trustworthy than Democrats’

Center for Media and Public Affairs
George Mason University's Center for Media and Public Affairs studied 100 PolitiFact fact-checks during President Obama's second term. The organization "rated Republican claims as false three times as often as Democratic claims," a press release says.

PolitiFact rated 32% of Republican claims as “false” or “pants on fire,” compared to 11% of Democratic claims – a 3 to 1 margin. Conversely, Politifact rated 22% of Democratic claims as “entirely true” compared to 11% of Republican claims – a 2 to 1 margin.

A majority of Democratic statements (54%) were rated as mostly or entirely true, compared to only 18% of Republican statements. Conversely, a majority of Republican statements (52%) were rated as mostly or entirely false, compared to only 24% of Democratic statements. (more...)
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Is Truth-O-Meter the real issue in Maddow’s latest blast at PolitiFact?

The Tampa Bay Times’ fact-checking site PolitiFact has drawn another heated rebuke from MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow, who accuses it of “ruining fact checking” and being “truly terrible.”

But at the risk of looking like a homer — the Times … Read more

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Bill Adair: Fact-checking ‘is a good investment’

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Bill Adair says in an interview with Brendan Nyhan for Columbia Journalism Review that while he is leaving newspapers for academia, the lessons he learned from founding PolitiFact are worth sharing with all of journalism. Fact-checking, he said, is needed more than ever.

"The challenge is that news organizations are so strapped that they are looking for things to cut, not things to add such as factchecking," he said. "I’m hopeful they’ll realize that factchecking is a good investment — and one that readers love."

Verifying statements validates the role of journalists as guardians against misinformation, Adair said, a job that seems to have fallen by the wayside. (more...)
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