Winner announced in predict-our-10,000th contest
By Bill Adair
Published on Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 at 10:50 a.m.
To celebrate our 5,000th Truth-O-Meter item, we invited you to look into the future and predict our 10,000th.
We encouraged you to be creative and predict what we will fact-check in 2016. We received more than 100 entries ranging from silly to snarky.
We got several about Newt Gingrich and space travel and a couple of snide ones about him leaving his wife.
We got several about President Barack Obama, including one that took a shot at Vice President Joe Biden. (It predicted Obama would say, "I was extremely proud of Vice President Biden, who made it through 2015 without a single embarrassing public gaffe.."), and we got one on Dennis Kucinich saying he had been abducted by aliens.
Here are some of our favorites:
Mitt Romney > "The Keystone oil spill was fundamentally Obama’s fault when he approved its construction in late 2012." [We liked that one because of the double-twist of Obama approving the pipeline Republicans want -- and then getting blamed for a spill!]
Chris Christie > "You know, I've said this 10,000 times, and I'll say it again: 'I am not running for president."
Newt Gingrich > "My first act as the newly instated moon governor is to replace all janitors with children."
We chose two winners -- and then discovered both were submitted by the same reader!
Donald Trump > "During my time on the Apprentice, I was a job creator,"
President Ron Paul > "The government employs the lowest number of people since 1788."
Our double winner is Tech. Sgt. Alan Leiby, a mechanic with the U.S. Air Force. He is originally from Bettendorf, Iowa, and describes himself as an avid PolitiFact fan.
"I read PolitiFact anytime I see a new story -- no joke," he says. "I love your website. It's great for people like me who want to cut straight to the truth."
Since he's a double winner, Alan will receive a special PolitiFact prize pack with an Obameter T-shirt, a Flip-O-Meter slinky, a Pants on Fire mug and a Pants on Fire button. The other finalists will also be receiving PolitiFact goodies.
Thanks for all the entries! We'll see if your predictions come true in 2016!
Researchers: Bill Adair
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