- WaPo’s annual Pinocchio (false claim) award winner for 2015 is Donald Trump
- In 6 months he earned 11 4-Pinocchio awards – more than anyone else
- “Most politicians drop a claim after it has been fact-checked as false. But Trump is unusual in that he always insists he is right, no matter how little evidence he has for his claim. Frankly, it’s really not interesting to fact check The Donald, as his assertions are so easily debunked.”
- Three examples:
“I watched thousands and thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheer as the World Trade Center fell.”
“The Mexican Government is forcing criminals, drug dealers and rapists into the United States.”
“Obama plans to admit 250,000 Syrian refugees.”
It is still an open question as to whether Trump’s “campaign” is just an effort to punk us. “Biggest Liar Of the Year” is NOT the way to win the majority of American voters…
It’s time for our annual round-up of the biggest Pinocchios of the year.
The 2016 presidential campaign has dominated our coverage of false claims. In particular, businessman Donald Trump — who has soared to the top of the GOP field — kept us busy. In the space of just six months, he earned 11 Four-Pinocchio ratings, far more than any other candidate.
Most politicians drop a claim after it has been fact-checked as false. But Trump is unusual in that he always insists he is right, no matter how little evidence he has for his claim. Frankly, it’s really not interesting to fact check The Donald, as his assertions are so easily debunked. Still, he scores a hat trick on this list.
We also devoted a number of columns this year to exploring the dubious statistics about sex trafficking of children in the United States. It’s a terrible crime, but we are giving a special award for statistical mendacity to the many politicians and organizations who have recited dubious facts about it. To their credit, some have pledged to do better.
In compiling this list, which has no particular order, we primarily focused on claims that had earned Four Pinocchios during the year. We also tried to focus on issues of broad interest. To keep it simple, we have shortened the quotes in the headlines. To read the full column, click on the link embedded in the quote.
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