This is how we roll in the mediarati:
Today, Barely True becomes Mostly False.
It is a change we don’t make lightly. The Truth-O-Meter has been the heart of PolitiFact since we launched the site four years ago, and we were reluctant to tinker with it.
Barely True has served us well. On our national site, for example, we’ve awarded 267 Barely Trues since we launched in 2007, accounting for 13 percent of our ratings.
But over the years, we heard many complaints about the rating. Many readers said it put too much emphasis on “true” when the rating actually describes something without much truth.
Related complaint: How many media analysts can dance on the head of a pin?