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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

How truthful are the four major candidates? Not very.

PolitiFact (which is nonpartisan) rates the truthfulness of the major candidates for public office.

Go here for the page on Sarah Palin -- there are easy links to the others from that page.

Palin (who has been running for the shortest time) has made fewer statements to check. 10% of her public statements, which were checked by PolitiFact, were either "Barely True," "False," or "Pants-on-Fire" lies, as of September 16, 5 AM EDT. That makes her, I am sorry to say, the most truthful (so far, at least) of the four. Obama's rating is next best, at 26%. Biden's is 37%, McCain's is an awful 43%. Biden has told 2 "Pants-on-fire" lies, McCain 6. Obama and Palin aren't currently charged with any. Maybe those two really are unqualified for high political office!

I haven't included statements which are half-true as lies. All of the candidates have made some of them, of course.

God help us all.


Keetha said...

I echo your last four word sentence.

Martin LaBar said...

I think we'd be better off with a parliamentary system, where elections happen much more rapidly. Oh, well.

Thanks, Keetha.