It’s a PolitiFact: Republicans Lie a Lot More than Democrats

The University of Minnesota’s Smart Politics blog serves up a delectable comparative analysis of PolitiFact ratings of Republicans and Democrats and finds that members of the GOP accounted for 76 percent of statements rated either “false” or “pants on fire” for real doozies, compared to 22 percent for Dems. You could probably name the worst offenders with your hands tied behind your back and blindfolded:

During the last 13 months, the Republicans that have led the way with the largest number of Barely True, False, and Pants On Fire grades are Sarah Palin with eight, Michele Bachmann with seven, and John Boehner, Mike Pence, and the National Republican Congressional Committee with four each.

Whereas Boehner received six “True,” two “Mostly True,” and one “Half True” ratings during this span, Pence and the NRCC received none in these categories, Bachmann only two, and Palin just four.

Put on your asbestos shorts and check out the analysis here.

One comment

  • February 10, 2011 - 9:17 pm | Permalink

    The sourced article seems most concerned that, using Politifacts’ ratings, they are unable to make the media’s favorite argument: the false equivalency. Politifact shows that one side is not just as bad as the other, and they do not, in fact, all lie. This seems to set least well with the Smart Politics folks.

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