Reporter, The Plain Dealer
Henry J. Gomez is a politics writer for The Plain Dealer, Ohio's largest newspaper. He joined the newspaper in 2005 and has written for the business section, covered Cleveland City Hall and reported on Cuyahoga County government.
The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Henry J. Gomez
Says he was the first local official to endorse Barack Obama
Recent stories from Henry J. GomezEven in an age of fact checking, the whopper lives
Politicians of all parties have been bending the truth since the beginning of the republic.
The two previous presidential administrations are perhaps best known for lies or untruths -- see Lewinsky, Monica, and weapons of mass destruction. And even in this, another presidential election year, rare is the day when a candidate does not utter or repeat a claim that will be debunked by an independent truth squad.
Why do they do it?
Those who study politics and communications say the consequences appear to be minimal.
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