On Pundits and Politicians: Explorations in Truthiness
The St. Petersburg Times’ PolitiFact project explores the truthiness of the things our politicians say. Once fact checked, the statement gets a rating from “True” to “Pants on Fire”.
They call this the Truth-O-Meter (and it’s now out in mobile app form).
While PolitiFact used to focus specifically on the statements politicians make, they’ve now turned their attention to the pundit class. What they’re discovering is that pundits are less truthful than the politicians they talk and write about.
In our pundits category, which includes columnists, commentators and talk show hosts, False ratings accounted for 25 percent of the ratings (compared with 21 percent overall) and Pants on Fires accounted for 10 percent (compared with 8 percent overall). Trues were just 15 percent (vs. 20 percent overall).
So think about that next time you turn on the Cable.