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Friday, December 15, 2017

PolitiFact: A mountain of evidence points to a single fact: Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election of 2016. In both classified and public reports, U.S. intelligence agencies have said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered actions to interfere with the election. Those actions included the cyber-theft of private data, the placement of propaganda against particular candidates, and an overall effort to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process. See related rulings Members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, have held open and closed door hearings to probe Russia's actions. The congressional investigations are ongoing. Facebook, Google and Twitter have investigated their own networks, and their executives have concluded -- in some cases after initial foot-dragging -- that Russia used the online platforms in attempts to influence the election. After all this, one man keeps saying it didn't even happen.

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Trump continually asserts that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election is fake news, a hoax or a made-up story, even though there is widespread, bipartisan evidence to the contrary.

When the nation's commander-in-chief refuses to acknowledge a threat to U.S. democracy, it makes it all the more difficult to address the problem. For this reason, we name Trump's claim that the Russia interference is a hoax as our Lie of the Year for 2017.

Readers of PolitiFact also chose the claim as the year's most significant falsehood by an overwhelming margin.

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Yes, I know this story is already up, but Mrsilencedogood's goofy headline obscured the story, so I gave it a more appropriate Header.

#1 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-12-14 01:59 PM | Reply

Obligatory.

www.nytimes.com

#2 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2017-12-14 02:01 PM | Reply

Sweet. 2 US Presidents in a row given 'lie of the year' awards. Let's hope that there is not a third US President who feels the need to lie to us. (Which is definitely not an endorsement for Trump for life)
*Not intended as a whataboutism. Not discussing any previous lies other than that the string is growing*

#3 | Posted by Avigdore at 2017-12-14 02:24 PM | Reply

Trump's lie is indefensible.

Comrad Avigdore couldnt defend it, so he deflected.

Putin will be proud of you Avigdore.

#4 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-12-14 02:52 PM | Reply

Lie of the Year, 2009 to 2016

2016: Fake news

Conspiracy theories and hoaxes have always been part of America's political conversation, but in 2016 they took off online. Fake news found a willing enabler in Donald Trump, who repeated and legitimized made-up reports. We defined fake news as fabricated information, manipulated to look like credible news reports, then easily spread online.

2015: The campaign misstatements of Donald Trump

From "thousands and thousands" cheering in New Jersey on Sept. 11 to dubious accounts of his own record and words, Trump's 2015 inaccurate statements exhibited range, boldness and a disregard for the truth.

By December 2015, we had rated 76 percent of Trump's claims Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire. No other politician had clocked more falsehoods on our Truth-O-Meter, and our only real contenders for Lie of the Year were Trump's. We rolled all them into one big trophy in 2015.

2014: Exaggerations about Ebola

In 2014, there were just two Ebola-related deaths in the United States, yet fear of the disease stretched nationwide, stoked by exaggerated claims from politicians and pundits. They said, wrongly, that Ebola was easy to catch, that illegal immigrants may be carrying the virus, and that it was all part of a government or corporate conspiracy.

The false claims distorted the debate about a serious public health issue and edged the nation toward panic. In all, PolitiFact and PunditFact rated 16 separate Ebola claims as Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire, so we chose this collection as our 2014 Lie of the Year.

2013: 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it'

President Barack Obama and other Democrats made this claim when marketing the Affordable Care Act. But in the fall of 2013, people started to receive insurance cancellation notices, definitively proving the statement wrong.

Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved treacherous. Obama and his team made matters worse, suggesting the claim had been misunderstood all along. The stunning political uproar led to a rare presidential apology.

2012: Mitt Romney campaign's ad on Jeeps made in China

During the 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney's campaign unleashed an ad suggesting that Jeep was pulling its plants out of Ohio, a critical swing state, for China. But the Ohio Jeep plants weren't going anywhere; the moves in China were to expand into the Chinese auto market.

2011: 'Republicans voted to end Medicare'

After two years of being pounded by Republicans with false charges about the ACA, Democrats turned the tables. They slammed Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives for voting for a cost-cutting budget resolution promoted by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. (Ryan is now speaker of the House.)

Democrats said voting for this resolution amounted to voting to end Medicare. But Ryan never proposed ending Medicare; instead he wanted to bring more private insurers into the program. Democrats later modified their talking point to say Republicans wanted to end Medicare "as we know it."

2010: 'A government takeover of health care'

As lawmakers finalized the Affordable Care Act, Republicans couldn't stop repeating their mantra that the law is a government takeover of health care. It's not.

"Government takeover" But the Affordable Care Act relies largely on the free market, and it does not nationalize the country's health system in any way.

2009: 'Death panels'

Sarah Palin was the first to say the Affordable Care Act included "death panels" -- PolitiFact's very first Lie of the Year. Government boards would determine whether seniors and the disabled were worthy of care were wholly fictional. Yet about 30 percent of the public in 2009 believed they were part of the health care law.

This wasn't hard to fact-check. There were not any such death panels in the law.

#5 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-12-14 03:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

"Yet about 30 percent of the public in 2009 believed they were part of the health care law."

And today those same idiots make up a big part of Trump's base.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-14 03:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

OWS if there were a flag for "smoking" you would have just received it.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-15 08:51 PM | Reply

#winning!

Dems lose and Trump wins again! No one has ever lied as well as Tump. He is the best liar ever! Believe me!

All this winning by the Liar-in-Chief is giving me such a headache. Just like he said it would. Trump was so right about that!

#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-15 09:11 PM | Reply

Good for Drumpf, he won something! He couldn't win Time's Person of the Year, though his name is featured prominently in the article, but this is almost as prestigious. I wonder if he'll have fake magazine covers printed with this real news to display at his golf clubs.

#9 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2017-12-16 01:26 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Good for Drumpf, he won something! He couldn't win Time's Person of the Year, though his name is featured prominently in the article, but this is almost as prestigious. I wonder if he'll have fake magazine covers printed with this real news to display at his golf clubs.

#10 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2017-12-16 01:26 PM | Reply

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