I believe in truth. Lying from high officials can do great harm. They use social media to rapidly spread lies. Political parties use lies to increase their base.
Politifact 2019 lie of the year goes to Donald Trump. He is now the four time award winner (2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019). Yes, I was unhappy that he did not get the award in 2018, but I suspect they wanted to draw attention how very harmful lies from anonymous sources or obscure websites that go viral on social media. The headline for the 2018 lie was: “Online smear machine tries to take down Parkland students” and it relates to the protests movement after 17 students were gunned down at a high school in Florida. “Claiming some of the students on TV after #Parkland are actors is the work of a disgusting group of idiots with no sense of decency,” wrote Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Twitter on Feb. 20. Kudos to Rubio and others who quickly denounced this lie. Politifact did not attributed to any one person, but to obscure unnamed websites. Politifact names OANN commentator Graham Ledger for broadcasting the theory that students were “crisis actors” and Donald Trump, Jr. liked a tweet stemming from the Ledger commentary. It is the commentators on OANN (Outside Any Normal News) that conspiracy theorists find an audience. Anything for a rating, right!
Ok, back to 2019 Lie of the Year: ” Donald Trump’s claim whistleblower got Ukraine call ‘almost completely wrong'” won the award. There are a whole slew of lies, Trump has originated or re-tweeted, on virtually every topic,
But this one seems to be one of his all time favorites. According to Politifact:
Since the Sept. 26 release of the whistleblower complaint about his call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump has insisted more than 80 times that the whistleblower’s account is fake, fraudulent, incorrect, “total fiction,” “made up,” and “sooo wrong.” (sounds like Trump)
It was likely a tough choice, because Donald Trump lies continuously. I liked the 2017 lie of the year: Russian election interference is a ‘made-up story’ or in 2016: Fake news. Trump is not considered the source, but the enabler of this lie. The 2015 award is for campaign misstatements of Donald Trump. President Obama also won an award for a lie in 2013: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it” but I think the real difference is, that he apologized for this lie.
My choice of the lie for 2019 would be: “Joe Biden pressured Ukraine to fire its prosecutor …. the prosecutor said he was forced out for leading a corruption probe into Hunter Biden’s company. … Democrats want to impeach President Trump for discussing this investigation with Ukraine’s President.” which was part of an ad campaign for Trump’s re-election. It is very clever, because the real lie is in the information not provided. The prosecutor was corrupt and had sidelined the Burisma investigation, The pressure to fire Prosecutor Shokin came from the US, IMF and EU leaders. See links below.
The Washingon Post calculated Trump has lied 15,413 just in the last 3 years since becoming president. It looks like the lying is going to get worse (hard to imagine). See last link.
Wake up America, – We are much better than this. (Elijah Cummings)
10 things Donald Trump got wrong about impeachment in 2019, fact-checked
The silence of the year: What did Hunter Biden do for Burisma?
Lie of the Year 2019: Donald Trump’s claim whistleblower got Ukraine call ‘almost completely wrong’
A look back at Lie of the Year, 2009 to 2018
President Trump has made 15,413 false or misleading claims over 1,055 days