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Sorry, North Carolina politicians, the Truth-O-Meter is on its way to the Tar Heel State.
Today we announce the creation of PolitiFact North Carolina through a partnership with The News & Observer of Raleigh. Starting in a few weeks, reporters will begin analyzing the claims and promises of North Carolina state and local politicians -- including the candidates for U.S. Senate and governor.
PolitiFact, which won the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 2008 presidential coverage, now has partners in 16 different states.
Fact-checkers already are scrutinizing the statements of politicians in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Rhode Island, California, Virginia, Iowa, Missouri, New Hampshire and Wisconsin. This year, PolitiFact has launched new state fact-checking websites in Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
PolitiFact also maintains PunditFact, the fact-checking website dedicated to analyzing statements made by news media personalities.
"PolitiFact helps readers quickly understand what's going on in their state and local governments and when politicians are straying from the truth. It's an incredible public service, and we're thrilled that it's coming to the state of North Carolina," said PolitiFact Executive Director Aaron Sharockman. "It's going to be a crazy year in North Carolina politics, and News & Observer readers will be better served because PolitiFact is there to help them sort out fact from fiction."
PolitiFact was launched in 2007 to fact-check the 2008 presidential campaign and has since published more than 11,500 fact-checks. PolitiFact also is partnering with NBC News and E.W. Scripps Co. to broadcast its fact-checks in 24 local television markets. PolitiFact is a division of the Tampa Bay Times.
The heart of PolitiFact is its Truth-O-Meter, which rates politicians' claims on a scale of True to Pants on Fire.
"We're delighted to join forces with PolitiFact, which is widely respected for its work in getting to the bottom of statements made by candidates," said John Drescher, executive editor of The News & Observer of Raleigh, NC. "We want to give our readers information to make an informed choice. Joining forces with PolitiFact will help us do that."
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