Soon political pundits, talk-show hosts and bloggers will face the same strict fact checking as politicians.
On Monday, the Tampa Bay Times, along with the Poynter Institute, launches PunditFact, a companion to the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact, which ranks the truth behind statements by elected officials.
The Times defines pundits as individuals offering analysis or opinions on news, especially when it comes to politics and public policy, either by writing, blogging or by appearing on radio or TV. They are not elected officials, candidates, members of a government agency, political party or campaign.
Although PolitiFact has fact-checked pundits and talk-show hosts in the past, but now there will be a dedicated staff of journalists for PunditFact.com.
“The premise of PunditFact is this: Even in the entertaining and boisterous world of punditry, words matter and people should be held accountable for what they assert,” Aaron Sharockman, editor of PunditFact, told the Times.