On Sept. 30, 2021 Zebra Fact Check sent an email inquiry to PolitiFact’s editor of audience engagement, Josie Hollingsworth. Hollingsworth claimed in an explainer video that “Truth-O-Meter” jury members have multiple years working with PolitiFact’s rating system.
We found that hard to reconcile with PolitiFact’s past practice of having state franchises provide their own “Truth-O-Meter” juries, with assistance as needed from the main PolitiFact operation.
We asked Hollingsworth to clarify whether PolitiFact had changed its policy, taking jury duty away from the franchises and centralizing the decisions with the central organization’s experienced staff of editors.
We will update this post when and if we receive any reply from Hollingsworth or PolitiFact.