Posted on August 22, 2007
Maybe the best politics site ever
I’m no fan of the horse-race style used to cover elections. I am very interested in the issues, and in what candidates say, compared with what their past actions say about them.
PolitiFact is a politics site for me, and it sure has been a long time coming. A joint project from the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times and Congressional Quarterly, PolitiFact is the love child of St. Pete Times Washington bureau chief Bill Adair and investigative reporter Matt Waite (with at least a dozen midwives lending assistance).
It’s a delightfully browsable and fast-loading site — and who wouldn’t love a “Pants on Fire” ruling? If anything can keep our politicians honest, this might be it!
For a fun example story, see Obama Girl gets Giuliani right — and check out the transparency displayed in the sidebar titled “About this story.”
Matt says: “The whole site is inspired by Adrian Holovaty’s manifesto on the fundamental way newspaper websites need to change” (Sept. 6, 2006) — one of “journalism’s essential blog posts,” as listed by Shane Richmond, of Telegraph.co.uk.