The Launching of PolitiFact 15 Years Ago—We Haven’t Given Up on Facts

From a story on by Bill Adair headlined “15 years later, we haven’t given up on facts; neither should you”:

When we launched PolitiFact in 2007, we were so unsure about its future that we had an escape hatch. If the fact-checking site didn’t catch on, we were going to bail out after just five months, after Florida held its presidential primary.

Back then, fact-checking was a new form of journalism and we were pushing the envelope with our gimmicky Truth-O-Meter, which rated politicians’ claims from True to Pants on Fire. We didn’t know if readers were ready for something so bold.