PolitiFact, the Tampa Bay Times project that fact-checks politicians and political spinmeisters, is setting its eyes on the media.
The site will start PunditFact, which will be “dedicated to checking claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers and the hosts and guests of talk shows.”
PunditFact is being supported by the Ford Foundation and the Democracy Fund, which have contributed $625,000, as well as craigconnects, a non-profit from CraigsList founder Craig Newmark.
“Pundits on TV and radio, as well as bloggers and columnists, are prominent voices in our political discourse, yet sometimes they blur the lines between opinion and fact,” said Neil Brown, editor and vice president of the Times. “Now we will hold them accountable, much as we’ve done with politicians.”