Finalists announced for 2011 Lie of the Year
By Angie Drobnic Holan
Published on Friday, December 2nd, 2011 at 2:59 p.m.
Later this month, we'll announce PolitiFact's Lie of the Year -- the most significant falsehood of 2011, as chosen by the editors and reporters on the PolitiFact National staff. We're reviewing claims we've rated False or Pants on Fire and will choose the one that played the biggest role in the national discourse.
Here are our 10 finalists and a link to our survey so you can vote. We accept write-ins.
President Obama "went around the world and apologized for America." -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney
The Obama administration's review of obsolete regulations was "unprecedented." -- President Barack Obama
The vaccine to prevent HPV can cause mental retardation. -- Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann
"Republicans voted to end Medicare." -- The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and other Democrats
Abortion services are "well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does." -- Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.
Because of more restrictive voting laws, Republicans "want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws." -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., and head of the Democratic National Committee
Scientists are "questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change. … (It is) more and more being put into question."-- Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry
Congressional Republicans have introduced dozens of bills on social issues and other topics, but "zero on job creation." -- Facebook posts
The economic stimulus created "zero jobs." -- The National Republican Senatorial Committee and other Republicans
"I didn't raise taxes once." -- President Barack Obama
See individual fact-checks for complete sources.
Researchers: Angie Drobnic Holan
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