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Politifact Lie of the Year

Jason Linkins

Ebola Panic Wins 'Lie Of The Year,' But The Real Culprit Goes Free | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

As is their wont, the folks at PolitiFact have gone back and conducted a thorough review of a year of lies and falsehoods to offer readers their "Lie ...

Here's How Rand Paul And Other Politicians Contributed To The 'Lie Of The Year'

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics

Remember when Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) suggested that you could get Ebola at a cocktail party? Now, Paul and several other politicians are getting ca...

Why Americans Won't Sign up for Obamacare

Deane Waldman | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Underlying all the talk about is the presumption that its technical failures explain why people are not signing up for Obama's health i...

Jason Linkins

PolitiFact 'Lie of The Year': 'If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep It' | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

It's end of the year honors time, here in the media, and with it comes another round of remembering the most dubious political achievements of 2013. Over at PolitiFact, that means it's time for the "Lie Of The Year" -- a dishonor they've been bestowing since 2009, without managing to particularly discourage people from lying. There are years where PolitiFact whiffs rather badly, but this year, they get a lay-up.


The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 12.13.2013 | Media

Fact-checking website PolitiFact is out with the latest edition of its "Lie of the Year." In 2013, the dubious prize went to President Obama for his w...

Jason Linkins

Politifact Awards 'Lie Of The Year' To Romney Jeep Ad | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

We have come to the end of another year, and so it is once again time for PolitiFact to tell us what the 2012 "Lie Of The Year" is. For me, it's prett...


Posted 12.13.2012 | Media

PolitiFact has named Mitt Romney's claim that Jeep is moving its U.S. production to China as its "Lie Of The Year." Romney made the false claim in...

Think Again: As a Matter of Fact

Eric Alterman | Posted 07.17.2012 | Media
Eric Alterman

When fact-checking organizations tend to find many more conservative lies than liberal ones, rather than respond that conservatives tell far more lies, the fact-checkers go looking for liberal fabrications and find them whether they exist or not.

Jason Linkins

New Hampshire Television Stations Find Politifact's "Lie Of The Year" Argument Lacking | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.11.2012 | Media

One thing that should, by now, be painfully obvious to any political observer who's mastered some basic achievements in cognitive development is that ...

Progressive Ad Faces GOP Challenge

The Washington Post | Greg Sargent | Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics

When PolitiFact labeled the claim that the GOP voted to end Medicare its "Lie of the Year," this was seen as a big deal in Washington, because it sugg...

Your Weekend Random-Ass Roundup: A Christmas Wish

J.D. Bell | Posted 02.22.2012 | Black Voices
J.D. Bell

All I want for Christmas is to never hear about Michelle Obama's ass again. Unless it's at my barbershop. Now come, ye faithful readers. Gather round...

When Medicare Isn't Medicare

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.25.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If backers of Ryan's plan would drop the word "Medicare" and name it something with a bunch of numbers and a letter or two in parenthesis, that would be far more honest than calling it Medicare or anything similar.

Bitter Editorial Rant Kills Fact Checker Model, 'Ends Politifact As We Know It'

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.21.2012 | Media
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Politifact editor Bill Adair probably ruined his outlet's chances of ever being taken seriously again as an objective debunker of political spin. What a shame. There's a glaring need for somebody to play that role, and Politifact was in a unique position to fill it.

PolitiFact Defends Its 'Lie Of The Year'

PolitiFact | Posted 02.21.2012 | Media

At a Republican campaign rally a few years ago, I asked one of the attendees how he got his news....

PolitiFact Doubles Down On Epic 'Lie Of The Year' Disaster

Slate | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics

After this week, plenty of pundits are well and done with the national version of PolitiFact. The local versions? They're great. I was actually pretty...

Politifact Reveals 'Lie Of The Year'

Politifact | Bill Adair & Angie Drobnic Holan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The line stuck. By the time the health care bill was headed toward passage in early 2010, Obama and congressional Democrats had sanded down their prog...