To "truth squad" statements made by political figures, The Washington Post has launched a fact checking website and regular column.
The feature "will focus on any statements by political figures and government officials -- in the United States and abroad -- that cry out for fact-checking," award-winning Post journalist (and the official "Fact Checker") Glenn Kessler wrote on January 11. It uses a Pinocchio rating system to judge the veracity of statements. Pinocchio, a fictional character, is known for having a long nose that becomes longer when he is under stress, especially while telling a lie.
Similar websites include factcheck.org and politifact.com. But the Post site differs because of its emphasis on reader involvement, Kessler says. Readers can send "suggestions on topics to fact check and tips on erroneous claims by political candidates, interest groups, and the media."