Noticias Telemundo is partnering with PolitiFact, Poynter Institute's fact-checking news organization, to analyze news for its Spanish-language audience as it prepares for the upcoming presidential election in 2020.
“Hispanic issues are at the center of the political conversation, which is becoming increasingly polarized,” stated Luis Fernández, executive vice president, Noticias Telemundo.
Fernández added that PolitiFact would “strengthen political discourse by centering it on the facts and adding context for the decisions people make every day. The stakes are incredibly high going into the next electoral cycle, and we want to make sure our audience has the right information.”
PolitiFact reporters and editors will appear for on-air interviews on Noticias Telemundo, which delivers Spanish-language content to U.S. Latinos and audiences worldwide.
Noticias Telemundo will send statements to PolitiFact to fact check. The two organizations will also collaborate to translate PolitiFact fact checks into Spanish, which will appear online and on TV for Noticias Telemundo and the broader NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises.
Telemundo Network delivers original Spanish-language entertainment, news and sports content to 94% of U.S. Hispanic TV households in 210 markets, through 28 local stations, 51 affiliates and its national feed, according to the company.
The Poynter Institute, a nonprofit organization, acquired PolitiFact in 2018. It is the largest political fact-checking news organization in the U.S.
“Our collaboration means that a huge contingent of the U.S. population can now determine the accuracy of information in their native language,” stated Neil Brown, president, PolitiFact.
Angie Drobnic Holan, editor of PolitiFact, added: “Because the Hispanic electorate is a critical target for politicians campaigning in 2020 — and therefore a target for political misinformation and spin — PolitiFact wants to reach this audience as well.”
This June, Telemundo will co-host the first Democratic primary debate for 2020 with NBC News and MSNBC (They, like Noticias Telemundo, are owned by NBCUniversal.)
It will be Telemundo’s first time hosting a U.S. presidential debate.
In 2016, NBC News and PolitiFact joined forces; its fact-checking content was available on NBC, NBC News and MSNBC sites.