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PolitiFact names Democrat, Republican guest columnists

We’ve committed ourselves for the past year to a series of experiments to try and improve trust and credibility in fact-checking.

We’ve fanned out to new states and met with voters, and launched new fact-checking partnerships in Oklahoma, Alabama and West Virginia. We developed a new app, PolitiTruth, that tests people’s knowledge of the facts.  

As part of that ongoing commitment, we’re announcing a new experiment: We’re adding a Republican and Democratic guest columnist to our site, and for the first time, allowing non-PolitiFact writers to publish on PolitiFact.com.

This experiment, which is funded through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will initially run until the end of April. During that time, our Republican and Democratic guest columnists will be free to critique our fact-checks and provide their own expert insight on the issues confronting voters.

They will not write fact-checks and have no say in what or who we fact-check. Instead, their role is to use their expertise to provide additional insight about our work.

Our Republican guest columnist will be former U.S. Rep. David Jolly. Our Democratic guest columnist will be former U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire.

David served as an aide to U.S. Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., from 1994 to 2006, and went on represent Florida’s 13th congressional district from 2014-17. For the past year, he has been a frequent guest on MSNBC and CNN.

Jason served Pennsylvania’s 4th congressional district from 2007-13. He worked as senior vice president of Public Policy, Government and Community Affairs at health insurer Florida Blue. Recently, he published a book, "Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do."

We hope you read their work, and I’m interested to hear what you think. You can email me at [email protected]