The Washington Post’s “Truth Teller” Launches in Beta on PostTV

September 25, 2013

Feature will fact check Virginia Governor’s debate in near real time

WASHINGTON—September 25, 2013—Democrat Terry McAuliffe leads Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli ahead of tonight’s high-stakes debate. To help users separate fact from fiction during the broadcast, The Post has launched a beta version of “Truth Teller,” a news application that will help fact check the Virginia gubernatorial debate in near real time.

Featured on PostTV, Truth Teller will follow a livestream of the debate. When a candidate makes a claim The Post has fact-checked, Truth Teller will show whether the statement is true, false or misleading. Following the debate, the entire video, corresponding content fact-checked by Truth Teller and transcript will be available online.

“The beta launch of Truth Teller could not have come at a better time. With this tool, voters will be able to verify what Virginia gubernatorial candidates are saying, almost instantly. This is valuable journalism we will continue to provide,” said Cory Haik, Sr. Editor of Digital News.

Today’s launch is the first major expansion of Truth Teller since The Post introduced its prototype early this year after receiving funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Steven Ginsberg, The Post’s Sr. Editor of Politics who came up with the idea for Truth Teller and played a critical role in launching the prototype with Haik, said, “By creating this beta version, we’ve taken our initial model of Truth Teller to the next level. We’re excited to see how we can evolve this important resource and continue to complement The Post’s in-depth accountability reporting.”

To create Truth Teller, The Post is using several technologies by combining video and audio extraction with a speech-to-text technology to search databases of facts and fact checks, provided by Post reporters and editors.

For more on Truth Teller and to view Truth Teller videos from Wednesday night’s Virginia governor’s race debate, visit here.

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