Politifact is a fact-checking website created by the Tampa Bay Times in 2007. Since 2018, the site has been part of the Poynter Institute, a nonprofit organization for journalists. PolitiFact staff members select statements about news topics and checks them for accuracy, giving a Truth-O-Meter rating for each that ranges from “True” to “Pants on Fire.” Its Flip-O-Meter rates how consistent an official is on a particular issue. The site also tracks the campaign promises of elected officials. PolitiFact partners with Facebook, TikTok, newspapers, radio and other websites to help combat the spread of misinformation. PolitiFact, part of the International Face-Checking Network, also publishes PolitiFact Florida and PunditFact, which checks the accuracy of statements may be political commentators. PolitiFact won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2009. The website records approximately 4 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Politifact in the middle category of bias and as most reliable in terms of reliability.
A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media regularly reviews articles and news programs to rate them in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.
The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to neutral to most extreme right. The reliability rating, demonstrated on the chart’s vertical axis, rates sources on a scale from original fact reporting to analysis, opinion, propaganda and inaccurate/fabricated information.
Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.
Bias scores for articles and shows are on a scale of -42 to + 42, with higher negative scores being more left, higher positive scores being more right, and scores closer to zero being the most neutral and/or balanced.
Individual Article Scores
The following articles were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each article was reviewed by at least three analysts: one conservative, one liberal and one moderate.
The team considers a variety of factors when rating a news article. To determine its reliability score, we consider the article’s veracity, expression, and its headline and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall reliability score.
To determine an article’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position and how it compares to other stories from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall bias score.