People With Fewer “Pants On Fire” Statements Than Mitt Romney, As Rated By Politifact

Fewer lies than Mitt Romney, although hers are definitely more entertaining.

Both sides of the presidential election launched ads this week that were, well, controversial. As reviewed yesterday, the pro-Obama super-PAC Priorities USA released an ad linking Mitt Romney to a woman’s death from cancer, which we would rate as “Technically Not False But Really Misleading And Kind Of Unfair.” Meanwhile, Mitt Romney’s campaign released an ad claiming that Barack Obama has gutted the welfare laws, which we would rate as “Dude, Seriously???” (The legislation backed by Obama actually increased the work requirements, and the Republican author of the law says there’s “no plausible scenario under which [the legislation] really constitutes a serious attack on welfare reform.”)

And so we got to wondering, are our politicians being truthful to us? Hahahahahahaa….just kidding, we stopped wondering that a long time ago. Actually, we got to wondering which politicians and pundits lie to us the most. Specifically, which political figures have received the most “Pants on Fire” ratings from Politifact? Here’s what we found:

Mitt Romney had 14 “Pants on Fire” Statements (9% of  all statements by Romney which were reviewed by Politifact), while 65 of his statements as reviewed by Politifact were in the “Mostly False,” “False,” or “Pants on Fire” category (43%), and 45 were “True” or “Mostly True” (30%).  The largest single category of statements by Romney as reviewed by Politifact were “Half-True” (43 statements, or 28%).

Meanwhile, Barack Obama had 6 “Pants on Fire” statements (2%). 111  of his statements as reviewed by Politifact were in the “Mostly False,” “False,” or “Pants on Fire” category (29%), while 182 (46%) were “True” or “Mostly True.”  The largest single category of statements by Obama as reviewed by Politifact were “Half-True” (98 statements, or 25%).

How do these numbers stack up? Well, let’s see… Mitt Romney had 14 “Pants on Fire” Statements, whereas:

Michele Bachmann had 12 (23%).

Newt Gingrich had 10 (16%).

Sarah Palin had five (9%).

Rush Limbaugh also had five (33%).

And finally, Harry Reid had two (13%).

In fact, in terms of the absolute numbers, we were unable to find any individual or group with higher “Pants on Fire” statements than Mitt Romney (although we’re happy to hear if you were able to find more). It’s worth noting, though, that the percent of statements rated POF was higher for Bachmann, Gingrich, Limbaugh, and Reid than for Romney (still tied with Palin!).


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10 Responses to People With Fewer “Pants On Fire” Statements Than Mitt Romney, As Rated By Politifact

  1. Sam-R-I


    I'm really disappointed in Sarah Palin. She can do better than this. Only 5 blatant lies? Come on.

  2. Alpha


    Politicians lie? What??

  3. Herro?


    These numbers mean absolutely nothing. Politifact doesn't rate all statements made by politicians. Rather it rates some statements that come to widespread attention.

    This is why Romney and Obama have more statements than all the others. You know, because they are running for President?

    Sure Palin and Bachman say more stupid shit than the others; they just aren't relevant enough that anyone is tracking it.

    The only apt comparison is Obama to Romney. Comparing people with lower profiles to people with higher profiles based on the statements that grabbed Politifact's attention is just silly.

    • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

      Linda the Dolt


      That's why the percentages are provided, not just the raw numbers. That's also why the article states that these are "of the statements rated by Politifact" — not "of all the statements ever made by Romney," which would obviously be impossible to calculate.

      • Kdogg


        Notice how Romney and his lowest percentage are mysteriously left out of the comparison table at the bottom…

        • bjeez


          Romney's percentage, as well as Obama's (which is actually the lowest of all those referenced in the article) are not in the chart becuase they are clearly listed in the actual text next to their respective names (Romney 9% and Obama 2%).

          • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

            Linda the Dolt


            Thank you.

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