PolitiFact's Florida editor Angie Drobnic Holan

03/22/12 Mitch Perry
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PolitiFact's Angie Holan Drobnic has been there since the conception of the fact-checking section of the Tampa Bay Times in 2007. A year later, it won a Pulitzer Prize.

Recently named as editor of PolitiFact Florida, Holan fielded questions regarding some of the fact-checking site's more controversial rulings - none more controversial that calling Democratic charges that House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's proposed 2011 budget was a plan to "End Medicare."

But though those controversial calls dominated the program, the fact is that PolitiFact has changed newspaper reporting, and for the better, for the most part.

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It's too bad ...

It's too bad neither the callers nor the host thought to ask Drobnic Holan about the implication of selection bias for PolitiFact's "report cards." Why doesn't PolitiFact disclose to its readers the importance of that information when it presents them with information clearly intended to encourage readers to draw conclusions about the general truthfulness of political figures?