Contact: Jennifer Morrow
THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION PARTNERS WITH POLITIFACT®
TO UNCOVER WHO’S TELLING THE TRUTH
As the ultimate fact-checker, online resource holds political candidates and officials more accountable
ATLANTA (June 7, 2010) – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and ajc.com have partnered with PolitiFact.com, the Pulitzer Prize-winning website of the St. Petersburg Times, to launch PolitiFact Georgia. The new site examines statements made by Georgia political officials, candidates and others, and then grades the accuracy of these statements with the Truth-O-Meter.
“We take our role as a trusted news and information resource seriously,” said Julia Wallace, editor of AJC and ajc.com. “PolitiFact Georgia allows the AJC to report on political news fairly and without bias, and help voters make informed decisions. It also forces public officials to choose their words more carefully when making promises to their constituents.”
This partnership underscores the AJC’s commitment to hold public officials accountable for what they say. With Georgia’s largest legislative reporting team, the AJC provides the most complete, in-depth political coverage no other media outlet can deliver.
This site is the ultimate political fact-checker where public officials are held accountable for their factual claims.
AJC political staffer Jim Tharpe will be editor. Much of PolitiFact Georgia’s coverage will focus on the 2010 elections, particularly the gubernatorial race. Truth-O-Meter results and analyses will run multiple times throughout the week in the AJC and on ajc.com.
The AJC’s political team will examine officials’ fact-based statements, not opinions or promises, and apply one of six Truth-O-Meter rulings:
True: Accurate and there’s nothing significant missing
Mostly True: Accurate but needs clarification or additional information
Half True: Accurate but leaves out important details or takes things out of context
Barely True: Some element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression
False: Not accurate
Pants on Fire: Not accurate and makes a ridiculous claim
The Georgia partnership is the third in the network of affiliate sites. St. Petersburg Times is offering affiliate opportunities to news organizations in other states, and recently partnered with The Austin American Statesman in Austin, Texas, to launch PolitiFact Texas.
For more information, visit http://www.ajc.com/PolitiFact.
About The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is the leading source — both in print and online — of news, information and advertising for metropolitan Atlanta, reaching a total print and online audience of nearly 2.2 million people each week. Every month, nearly 2.3 million unique visitors access the newspaper's Web sites, including ajc.com and accessAtlanta.com. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is part of Cox Media Group, a publishing, digital media and broadcasting subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises.
About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, is an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. With revenues exceeding $1.5 billion, the company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 86 radio stations, four metro newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services. Additionally, CMG owns and operates Valpak, one of the leading direct marketing companies in North America.