The partnership means that many of the Florida Truth-O-Meter rulings that appear in the Tampa Bay Times and online at politifact.com/florida will now have a video companion.
“We are excited to broaden our reach so that now readers – and viewers – will be able to sort out the truth in politics,” said Tampa Bay Times Editor Neil Brown. “With the upcoming presidential election, the Republican National Convention in Tampa and dozens of other state legislative elections, this is the perfect time to expand our award-winning fact checking.”
As part of the partnership, 10 News will help scour hours of 2012 campaign speeches and TV ads for statements to check. The station also will highlight the work of the Scott-O-Meter, which is tracking the campaign promises of Gov. Rick Scott, and the Buck-O-Meter, which is tracking Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s campaign promises.
“The content from the PolitiFact team fuels Tampa Bay voters with important information to make voting decisions,” said Ken Tonning, WTSP President and General Manager. “PolitiFact is sometimes entertaining, and always informative.”
10 News also plans to share the video PolitiFact Florida segments with its two sister stations in Jacksonville – WJXX, an ABC-affiliated station, and WTLV, an NBC-affiliated station. PolitiFact Florida also will remain on Central Florida News 13 each Sunday morning, reaching viewers from Orlando to Daytona Beach.
About PolitiFact Florida
PolitiFact® Florida was launched in 2010 by the Tampa Bay Times in partnership with the Miami Herald. It is part of a national network of affiliate sites of PolitiFact.com, which was launched in 2007 to fact-check the presidential campaign. PolitiFact has received numerous awards, including the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. The site is a product of the Tampa Bay Times, Florida’s largest newspaper, with an average circulation of 403,229 Sunday and 240,024 daily (ABC FAS-FAX September 2011). Considered one of the top ten newspapers in the country, the Tampa Bay Times has eight Pulitzer Prizes to its name.
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