Biggest Whoppers of the Year
‘Tis the season for all of those great “Best of the Year” lists. For a change, here are two “Worst/Biggest Whoppers of the Year” lists–the most egregious political lies heard in the past 12 months. First up is from FactCheck.org, a non-partisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters:
Despite what you may have heard in 2011:
- The new health care law won’t cost many jobs (and they’ll be poorly paying jobs at that).
- Republicans aren’t proposing to “end” Medicare (and Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden has signed onto a modified version of the GOP plan).
- Most of the “millionaires” who would pay higher tax rates under a Democratic proposal aren’t job-creating small-business owners.
- President Obama’s mother didn’t really fight to get health insurance coverage as she was dying.
And there was plenty more spin and deception in 2011. Obama claimed he pays a lower tax rate than a teacher. Michele Bachmann endorsed a claim that HPV vaccine causes mental retardation. Joe Biden claimed rapes quadrupled in Flint, Mich., after police layoffs. And that’s just some of the nonsense we debunked.
Closer to home, the St. Petersburg Times’ Pulitizer-prize winning site, PolitiFact, is “sorting out the truth in politics.” This site makes use of an amusing Truth-o-Meter, with a scale from “All True” to “Pants on Fire”. Click here to see the Politifact “Lie of the Year”.