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Guest column: Half-truths and the difficulty of fact-checking statistics

Editor's note: Jason Altimire is PolitiFact's Democratic guest columnist and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives serving Pennsylvania’s 4th congressional district from 2007-13. Read more about the guest columnist position here.

In his first critique, Altmire is writing about a fact-check of a claim made by Rep. Markwayne Mullin, which you can read here. His post has ...

PolitiFact names Democrat, Republican guest columnists

We’ve committed ourselves for the past year to a series of experiments to try and improve trust and credibility in fact-checking.

We’ve fanned out to new states and met with voters, and launched new fact-checking partnerships in Oklahoma, Alabama and West Virginia. We developed a new app, PolitiTruth, that tests people’s knowledge of the facts.  

As part of that ...

PolitiFact Ohio back for 2018!

We’re excited to announce that starting today, PolitiFact Ohio is back in business. (Sorry, Ohio politicians.)

We’ll be fact-checking the key races in the state, including the open contest to replace Gov. John Kasich and the U.S. Senate election. Our first fact-check is a claim by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican running for lieutenant governor.

Husted ...

Careful, Alabama politicians: The Truth-O-Meter is listening

PolitiFact is collaborating with AL.com journalists to bring its Pulitzer Prize-winning, fact-checking services to Alabama, thanks to a grant from the Knight Foundation.

PolitiFact applied for the grant in the wake of the 2017 presidential campaign, seeking to understand what audiences in primarily "red" cities thought of the state of objective news reporting, following the high-profile proliferation of "fake ...

PolitiFact contest rules

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PolitiFact’s policy on political activity and our staff

At PolitiFact, our credibility rests on our ability to present the true facts, unaffected by any agenda or biases. As part of that effort, we avoid the public expression of political opinion and public involvement in the political process.

PolitiFact staffers don’t sign online petitions or post candidate yard signs. We don’t participate in political marches. We don’t make political ...

PolitiFact now a verified signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network

As part of our ongoing efforts to champion the values of accuracy, transparency and fairness, PolitiFact is now a verified signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network’s code of principles.

The principles are aimed at defining common attributes for excellence in fact-checking around the world.

Here are the network’s five principles and a brief explanation of how PolitiFact adheres to each ...

PolitiFact's Louis Jacobson wins SABEW award for 2016 campaign reporting

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers has honored PolitiFact senior correspondent Louis Jacobson for a series of stories on the 2016 campaign.

Jacobson, 46, won for economics coverage in the small staff category of SABEW's annual Best in Business competition. (SABEW defines small staff as fewer than 50 and PolitiFact has 10.) His entries focused on the minimum ...

PolitiFact is looking for a reporter

Editor's note, April 25, 2017: We are no longer accepting applications for this position. Keep an eye on our blog for future openings. 

Do you think words matter? Are you savvy when it comes to sorting out real facts from the alternative ones? Are you independent enough to call out anyone, anywhere, who distorts the truth?

If so, you ...

Archived version: Who pays for PolitiFact

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About the Tampa Bay Times history and ownership

Last updated Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017

As we've gained new readers over the years, every now and then we get emails that ask, "Who's paying for this website? Who's putting out this information?"

The short answer: PolitiFact is a project of ...

Let’s fight back against fake news

There’s an interesting discussion happening now about the spread of fake news on the Internet and what companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter, among others, should do to stop it.

That’s a healthy conversation to have, and one we hope continues in the weeks and months ahead.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t do something now. Here at PolitiFact, we’re ...

We’ve hired our immigration fact-checker!

Good news PolitiFact supporters! We’ve hired our immigration fact-checker. Miriam Valverde started with us last week, and as one of her first assignments, we asked her to introduce yourself to you.

Miriam is hitting the ground running taking a look at the immigration proposals of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and we expect that you’ll start seeing her work on ...

Come work for PolitiFact: We're hiring an immigration fact-checker

Come work for PolitiFact!

We’re hiring a fact-checker to focus on immigration issues for the rest of the 2016 campaign. We’re looking for someone who has political or policy reporting experience, loves research and isn’t afraid to call a claim True, False or Pants on Fire, based on what they find.

If you’ve reported on immigration and have a deep ...

PolitiFact names executive director

We're a bit late announcing this news, but I wanted to make everyone aware of some exciting staffing changes at PolitiFact.

Aaron Sharockman, who has been editing PunditFact, is PolitiFact's first executive director. Aaron will oversee PolitiFact’s operations, development and revenue, assist in our journalistic mission, manage our state partnerships and lead efforts to develop new products for PolitiFact users ...

PolitiFact is looking for a reporter for 2016

PolitiFact, the national political fact-checking website, is looking for a reporter to help cover the 2016 presidential race, reporting and writing fact-checks of candidates, super PACs, pundits and other political players.

We’re looking for reporters with experience covering day-to-day politics and who can also handle a deep dive into policy. You’ll need the skills to synthesize research reports and a ...