Our wildest and wackiest claims of 2009
To conclude our year-end coverage, we asked PolitiFact staffers to choose the silliest and most unusual Truth-O-Meter items of 2009. Their choices show how the political discourse got downright wacky in the past year:
Aaaaah-choooo! Vice President Biden said that when one passenger sneezes on a plane , "It goes all the way through the aircraft."
Will they transmit back to KAOS headquarters? A chain e-mail claimed people who opt for the public option in the Democrats' health care plan will have microchips implanted in their bodies .
Below the belt:
Rush Limbaugh claimed that President Barack Obama
wants to mandate circumcision
Sarcasm you can dance to : Singer Paul Hipp used World Health Organization figures in a song mocking U.S. health care .
History repeats itself: Facing criticism that his policies will lead to socialism, President Barack Obama said President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was called a socialist, too .
Picture not-quite-perfect : Bloggers said an aerial photo showed more than 1 million people attended the tea party rally in September, but the photo was taken at a 1997 Promise Keepers rally.
An epic work, but it lacks character development:
Sen. Orrin Hatch claimed that the Senate health care bill
is longer than Tolstoy's
War and Peace
Line 17, Guns. Include total from Schedule G, handgun and automatic weapons, if required : A chain e-mail claimed that you must list all your guns on your 2010 tax return.
Check your math : President Barack Obama claimed the United States was one of the world's largest Muslim countries .
He still hasn't found what he's looking for: U2 lead singer Bono mixed up figures about AIDS relief and foreign aid .
Woof woof! Glenn Beck claimed that the Democratic plan offered health insurance for dogs .