Debate Fact Checker Helps NPR.org Break Its Web Traffic Records, Will Be Expanded To PBS Site Tonight
October 4, 2016 at 6:06 PM (PT)
NPR's real-time online fact-checking tool, implemented during last week's presidential debate, drew 7.4 million page views from more than six million users last MONDAY and TUESDAY, giving NPR its largest two web traffic days ever. With that in mind, starting with TONIGHT's vice presidential debate, the fact-checking tool will be made available at PBS.org/election as well, and NPR.org will be hosting PBS NEWSHOUR's live video stream from the debates as part of the NPR and PBS partnership for the 2016 elections.
"The success of NPR's online fact-checking proved what we already knew to be true – amidst all the dubious claims, mistruths and punditry there is a real appetite for the truth," said NPR SVP of News and Editorial Director MICHAEL ORESKES. "NPR exceptional coverage of these debates has already garnered a record breaking audience, and we hope to increase those numbers by making our fact-checker available via PBS.org. We are inviting viewers to make NPR's fact-checker your so-called 'second-screen' while watching these debates. Our goal is to provide fair minded reporting and insightful analysis, so that listeners and viewers have the tools and information to make their own choices."