PolitiFact has chosen statements by Donald Trump as its "Lie of the Year" for 2015, effectively making Donald Trump PolitiFact's liar of the year.Why do we say it's lame?
PolitiFact's "Lie of the Year" has always been the fact checkers' editorial. As such, it will show a tendency to follow a journalistic narrative.
What's this year's key journalistic narrative? Donald Trump vs. the media.
Out of one side of its mouth PolitiFact denies it charges people with lying. With the other side ...
Two years in a row (arguably three), PolitiFact chose a winner that was not on the list of candidates readers were given when voting for the readers' version of PolitiFact's "Lie of the Year."
Picking a group winner works well for PolitiFact since it's hard to contest the choice. Contest one of the supposedly false claims on the basis of fact and PolitiFact can always point to another on the list and emphasize that one. Justified, see?
It's so predicable that I predicted it shortly after PolitiFact announced its candidates:
I'm going to invoke PolitiFact's history over the last two years of not putting the eventual winner on the list of candidates. My pick is "Statements by Donald Trump" as a parallel to last year's "Statements about Ebola."It shouldn't be that easy.