The Tampa Bay Times’ Politifact rounded up a list of the worst lies flying around the Internet last year, a task that no doubt must have seemed endless.
The list (click here) debunked a fair amount of claims from posts that went viral in right-wing chain emails and Facebook posts, including a (false) claim that President Barack Obama was the only president to ever skip out on traveling to Normandy to commemorate D-Day. (He’s actually been twice, including in 2014, and only one of four presidents that has done that in the past 69 years.)
Another “Pants on Fire” distinction went to a photograph of a Black Lives Matter protester in Ferguson, Missouri holding a sign altered to read “No mother should have to fear for her son’s life every time he robs a store.”
The actual photograph of the sign holder (which was published on a newspaper blog) instead read “No mother should have to fear for her son’s life every time he leaves home.”
Go ahead and read Politifact’s full list here.
One of my favorites? An anti-Obamacare “article” from September falsely stating that an Obamacare death panel ordered its first execution – an 86-year-old Chicagoan named Dorothy Zborknak. Not only are there no death panels, there’s no Dorothy Zborknak.
If that name sounds familiar, think Golden Girls, and the character Bea Arthur played with a slightly different spelling, Dorothy Zbornak.
And with that, I’ll leave you with the Golden Girls theme song — what clearly must have been the best sitcom soundtrack to emerge from the 1980s.