PolitiFact’s most-read fact-checks of 2010

Filed in National by on December 28, 2010

PolitiFact.com revealed today the top ten most-read fact-checks of 2010, and they overwhelmingly confirm one thing we already know: Republicans are filthy liars.

Six out of the top ten were Republican statements, and all of them were rated “False” or “Pants on Fire”. Out of the four Democratic statements, two were true, one was “Barely True”, and one was false. This one’s my favorite.

7. “Democrats are poised now to cause this largest tax increase in U.S. history.” — Sarah Palin, Aug. 1, 2010

Palin, the potential Republican candidate for president in 2012, made this comment on Fox News Sunday, talking about Democratic plans for taxes. We looked at the Democratic plans to raise taxes on high earners, and they weren’t close to being the largest tax increase in history. Even if you accepted the factually incorrect statement that Democrats wanted to let tax cuts expire for everyone (they didn’t), there’s still evidence that tax increases to pay for World War II were higher when compared with the size of the overall economy. We rated the statement Pants on Fire.

Palin was so annoyed with our report that she called us out on her Facebook page, adding that the Democrats had not published proposals for their intentions on the expiring Bush tax cuts. We decided to put that statement on our Truth-O-Meter, and we rated it False.

Ahhh, the GOP playbook – when caught in a lie, lie again.

Check out the full Pants on Fire page – you’ll find pretty much every Republican there.

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  1. pandora says:

    They get away with lying for two reasons.

    1. The press assists them
    2. The GOP base has brought stupidity to a new level

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