The Washington Post released its top 10 biggest Pinocchios of 2013. President Obama received three of the Top five:
rounding out the other two top Pinocchios of 2013 is was the National Rifle Association (NRA) stating that,“Obama’s kids are protected by armed guards at their school” and Congressman Darrel Issa statement that, Secratary of State “Clinton denied security for Libya personnel with her signature on a cable”
Republicans were the big winners for the Washington Post Pinocchio prize for 2013 with four of the top ten.
It’s time for our annual round-up of the biggest Pinocchios of the year. This was not a presidential election year, so in some ways the subjects that needed to be fact checked were more substantive. In reviewing The Fact Checker’s more than 200 columns in the past year, we found an interesting evolution from statistics about gun violence to claims about President Obama’s health-care law. Our general rule of thumb held: the more complex a subject is, the more tempted politicians are to make misleading claims.
President Obama ended up with three of the most misleading claims of the year. But, despite the urging of some readers, his statement that “I didn’t set a red line” on Syria is not among them. We had looked closely at that claim and had determined that, in context, it was a bungled talking point, so that statement actually earned no rating.
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