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Who is PolitiFact?
Who pays for Politifact? By Angie Drobnic Holan on Thursday, October 6th, 2011 at 01:42 p.m.Updated Monday April 18, 2016, at 1:30 p.m.
“As we’ve gained new readers over the years, every now and then we get emails that ask, “Who’s paying for this website? Who’s putting out this information?”The short answer: PolitiFact is a project of the Tampa Bay Times and its partner news organizations to help you find the truth in American politics. (See more about our mission on the “About Us” page.) The Times is the biggest newspaper in Florida, so the advertisers and subscribers help foot the bills for PolitiFact.
Yeah, yeah, you say. But who owns the Times ?The answer to that question is a little long, but interesting.Back in the 1970s, the Times was owned by Nelson Poynter, whose father Paul Poynter had bought the paper in 1912. (It was then called the St. Petersburg Times; the name changed to the Tampa Bay Times in 2012.)Nelson Poynter had a passion for journalism, especially for independent journalism. As he thought about the future of his newspaper, he knew that he wanted to keep it independent and vigorous, even after his own death. So he created a plan to leave his newspaper, not to his family, but to a nonprofit school for journalism he created for the purpose.”I haven’t met my great-grandchildren. I might not like them,” Poynter said.”