Tag: 2016

The top 10 most viewed fact-checks of 2016

President-elect Donald Trump’s business record and Hillary Clinton’s email practices were some of the most contentious issues of the 2016 election — and some of PolitiFact’s most popular reports of the year. In addition to our fact-checks, readers clicked on…

FactChecking Science in 2016

SciCheck likely will have no dearth of false and misleading claims to cover next year, when a new Congress convenes and takes up the agenda of President-elect Donald Trump. The incoming president has vowed to reverse eight years of Democratic policies,…

The Whoppers of 2016

Summary A year ago, we broke with past practice and named Donald Trump our first ever “King of Whoppers.” This year, the reigning champ defended his title well – once again dominating our annual review of political whoppers. At his campaign rallies,…

2016 Lie of the Year Readers’ Poll results

The entire 2016 election has won this year’s reader competition for most significant falsehood. President-elect Donald Trump, 2015 Lie of the Year winner and defending champion of last year’s reader poll, finished in second place with his Pants on Fire…

2016 Lie of the Year: Fake news

Ignoring the facts has long been a staple of political speech. Every day, politicians overstate some statistic, distort their opponents’ positions, or simply tell out-and-out whoppers. Surrogates and pundits spread the spin. Then there’s fake news, the phenomenon that is…