BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- December always brings lists and awards based on the news of the year, everything from Time Magazine’s person of the year to those ubiquitous best-and-worst lists of music, movies and so on.
But you know we’re in a bad way as a culture when one of the season’s toughest calls is the website Politifact’s choice for lie of the year.
They always have a lot to choose from.
A Politifact reader’s poll came up with a top three of President Trump’s false claim that the law required him to separate kids from their parents at the border, Vladimir Putin’s lie that Russia never meddled with the US elections, and Mr. Trump’s campaign smear that “Democrats want to invite caravan after caravan of illegal aliens into our country…[and] sign them up for free health care, free welfare, free education, and for the right to vote."
Those were whoppers for sure.
But Politifact’s editors chose another lie, the vicious falsehoods hurled at students who survived the mass murder at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and became activists for changes in gun laws.
They said David Hogg was actually a fake “crisis actor” hired and coached by anti-gun forces.
They claimed Emma Gonzalez was a communist who had publicly torn up a copy of the US Constitution.
“In another year of lament about the lack of truth in politics,” write the editors, “the attacks against Parkland’s students stand out because of their sheer vitriol.”
They also spread widely thanks to the inept supervision of YouTube, the venality and carelessless of right-wing media, and of course, the eager participation of Russian-linked Twitter accounts.
A good pick, that underscores how close we are to slipping into the ugly nightmare of a post-truth world.
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