Economy

Pundits Beware: Award-Winning Fact-Checkers Are Watching

Washington pundits watch the politicians but who watches the pundits?

That question has a new answer, thanks to a new feature by Politifact, the Pulitzer Prize winning web site run by the St. Petersburg Times.

For instance, Politifact looks at a statement by Fox News celebrity Bill O'Reilly related to Dr. George Tiller, the physician killed in Wichita, Ks. allegedly by a man opposed to the doctor's providing late-term abortion services.

Politifact sums up his statement: "Says he didn't call Dr. George Tiller a baby killer, as liberal groups charge, but was merely reporting what "some prolifers branded him," and says it is "false." It adds "O'Reilly's statements indicate it was his opinion, not that of others."

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