PolitiFact announced Thursday that former Florida Rep. Alan Grayson (D.) would be joining its team as a “reader advocate,” but after backlash stemming from Grayson’s scandal-ridden past, the fact-checking website quickly canceled its agreement.
PolitiFact initially announced it hired the two former congressmen, Republican David Jolly and Democrat Grayson, as part of a pilot program to run through the end of April.
After quick backlash, Politifact announced in a press release that it had sought a Democrat and Republican to “try to improve the trust and credibility in fact-checking and PolitiFact.” However, the organization said it had “became clear” Grayson did not meet that “threshold for many,” and it decided to end the agreement.
We sought out a Democrat and Republican to critique our work in order to try to improve the trust and credibility in fact-checking and PolitiFact. It has become clear our choice of Alan Grayson did not meet that threshold to many. pic.twitter.com/uJuoHhiObI
— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) February 1, 2018
PolitiFact Executive director Aaron Sharockman originally wrote Grayson was “particularly qualified” to critique the work at PolitiFact.
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