Regarding Requirement B, PolitiFact produces fact-checks regularly, usually publishing several fact-checks per week day. With respect to the code of ethics of IFCN, their site notes, “Each day, PolitiFact journalists look for statements to fact-check. We read transcripts, speeches, news stories, press releases, and campaign brochures. We watch TV and scan social media. Readers send us suggestions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Because we can't feasibly check all claims, we select the most newsworthy and significant ones. About one-third of the facts we choose to check come from reader ideas.
In deciding which statements to check, we consider these questions:
• Is the statement rooted in a fact that is verifiable? We don’t check opinions, and we recognize that in the world of speechmaking and political rhetoric, there is license for hyperbole.
• Does the statement seem misleading or sound wrong?
• Is the statement significant? We avoid minor "gotchas" on claims that are obviously a slip of the tongue.
• Is the statement likely to be passed on and repeated by others?
• Would a typical person hear or read the statement and wonder: Is that true?”
It is my assessment that PolitiFact produces fact-checks that appear to genuinely attempt to follow these principles. While no organization is perfect and while here and there PolitiFact makes editorial judgments with respect to ratings that people of good faith might disagree with, PolitiFact adheres to IFCN’s organization principles.
1b marked as Fully compliant by Michael Wagner.