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PolitiFact.com - Sorting out the truth in politics

29 August, 2007
By Allison Orr

A new website called PolitiFact has been set up that will check claims made by the US presidential candidates.  It is a joint project between the St Petersburg Times of Florida and the Congressional Quarterly of Washington D.C.  The mission of the website is to "help you find the truth in the presidential campaign".  The journalists of these two publications will fact-check the accuracy of speeches, TV ads, interviews and other campaign communications.  They will publish new findings on their website every day and list their sources. 

A database will allow users to search for candidates' records of accuracy based on their names, issues and their rulings on the Truth-O-Meter.  Claims will be listed as True, Mostly True, Half True, Barely True or False.  And for the most ridiculous of claims, they will use "Pants on Fire".

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