You remember Tommy Flanagan from his PSAs on Saturday Night Live. He always introduced those PSAs by saying, “Hello, my name is Tommy Flanagan, and I’m a member of Pathological Liars Anonymous. In fact… I’m the president of the organization!”
That’s how we know he’s the president.
Anyhow, a number of our current politicians have been nominated by the non-partisan watchdog group, PolitiFact, for the 2011 Lie of the Year. And while PolitiFact’s editors and reporters will be choosing the winner, they would like to invite all of you to vote for your favorite in this year’s Readers Choice Award.
Here are the Top Ten Finalists for 2011 Lie of the Year
- President Obama “went around the world and apologized for America.” — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney
- The Obama administration’s review of obsolete regulations was “unprecedented.” — President Barack Obama
- The vaccine to prevent HPV can cause mental retardation. — Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann
- “Republicans voted to end Medicare.” — The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and other Democrats
- Abortion services are “well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.” — Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.
- Because of more restrictive voting laws, Republicans “want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws.” — Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., and head of the Democratic National Committee
- Scientists are “questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change. … (It is) more and more being put into question.”– Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry
- Congressional Republicans have introduced dozens of bills on social issues and other topics, but “zero on job creation.” — Facebook posts
- The economic stimulus created “zero jobs.” — The National Republican Senatorial Committee and other Republicans
- “I didn’t raise taxes once.” — President Barack Obama
- Romney’s New Anti-Obama Ad Gets PolitiFact’s ‘Pants On Fire’ Rating (npr.org)
- PolitiFact N.J.: Sen. Loretta Weinberg blasts Chris Christie for not making pension payments (nj.com)
- PolitiFact N.J.: Chris Christie gets ‘Pants on Fire’ for claiming Obama did nothing to create jobs (nj.com)