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Politifact, Telemundo team up for Spanish language fact-checking

By: - March 26, 2019 11:21 am

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The Pulitzer-prize winning fact-checking site Politifact is partnering with Noticias Telemundo to offer fact-checking in Spanish.

Noticias Telemundo has an audience of 58 million, according to the Poynter Institute, a nonprofit journalism institute based in St. Petersburg.

“PolitiFact reporters and editors will be made available to Telemundo for on-air interviews, and Noticias Telemundo will be able to send statements for PolitiFact to fact-check for Spanish-language audiences,” a news release from Poynter says.

Spanish-language fact checking segments will also run on NBC Universal Telemundo Enterprises.

“Hispanic issues are at the center of the political conversation, which is becoming increasingly polarized,” said Luis Fernández, executive vice president of Noticias Telemundo. “The stakes are incredibly high going into the next electoral cycle and we want to make sure our audience has the right information.”

PolitiFact is the largest political fact-checking news organization in the United States and won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009. National PolitiFact reporters are based in St. Petersburg and Washington D.C., while news partnerships expand PolitiFact reporting into 13 states, including those with more than one million Hispanic residents like California, Texas, New York, Florida and Illinois.

“When politicians are making statements about critical issues like health care, education, immigration and the economy, especially ahead of major elections, the voting public needs a trusted place they can go to find the truth,” said Neil Brown, president of the Poynter Institute, which acquired the nonprofit PolitiFact in 2018. “For millions of Spanish-language news consumers, that place is Telemundo. Our collaboration means that a huge contingent of the U.S. population can now determine the accuracy of information in their native language.”


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Julie Hauserman
Julie Hauserman

Julie Hauserman has been writing about Florida for more than 30 years. She is a former Capitol bureau reporter for the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times, and reported for The Stuart News and the Tallahassee Democrat. She was a national commentator for National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday and The Splendid Table . She has won many awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work is featured in several Florida anthologies, including The Wild Heart of Florida , The Book of the Everglades , and Between Two Rivers . Her new book is Drawn to The Deep, a University Press of Florida biography of Florida cave diver and National Geographic explorer Wes Skiles.