His likely opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, has a reputation for being overly-cautious with her words but she being trustworthy has not been her strong suit. Poll, after polls, indicate her weakness has been, and is--not trusting Hillary. Her email system is under federal investigation, many believe she has lied to the public regarding Benghazi. Then, there is the hangover from her husband’s Lewinsky, Paula Jones and bimbo escapades and Whitewater and other remnants is still discussed on conservative talk radio as if it was today’s news.
This morning, I happened to perform a twitter scroll and saw a chart that provoked the following further investigation, this, from the Pulitzer Prize winner, Politifact.com:
The results? The politicians who appears to own the most truthful for statements made? None other than Hillary, with 51% followed by Reublican Ohio Governor, John Kasich with 50%. President Barack Obama, follows at 48% and the socialist Bernie Sanders sits at 38%. The man, “The Donald” has labeled “Lying Ted” Cruz owns a 22% score. Trump? How about 9%, or, almost 16% of the score registered by “Honest Hillary”.
The truth meter does not end there. The “lying, lying, pants on fire” score? Well, Sanders has a zero score (although the Hillary camp might differ). Clinton follows with 1% of statements reviewed as being in “you must be kidding” zone. For those wondering even further, Obama hits 2%, Kasich statements ranks at 5%, Ted Cruz is hot at 7% and, Donald Trump? He owns a scorching 19% or, shall we say, one out of every five sentences investigated.
In fairness, one might say Trump’s words are being heavily scrutinized and maybe they are, as there are 113 statements. Then, Hillary Clinton has been tested 174 times, by comparison.
Whether the scores make any difference to the candidates, their followers or their respective opponents depends upon the relative weight they attach to them. However, since political parties, candidates, media and partisans always seem to cite the service, I would argue, the site is reliable until, of course, your favorite gets a bad rating. Then, it’s crackerjack.
I began wondering who else might be testing truths lately. Another site that is frequently quoted all of the time by all suspects is Factcheck.org. Those wanting to review the facts from this presidential campaign, here you go.
Unquestionably, the Trumpers will claim these scores from Politicfact and other sites are “trumped up” by his enemies. Then, what would it matter? He appears to relish in the opportunity to make statements that causes outrage and then, after being challenged, his polls soar upward.
Still, one can’t assume that when the campaign hits into general election territory, with his going full throttle against Hillary’s lack of credibility, his own credibility flank might be tender. He seems to be in his own league. This is from Politico:
“Certainly, many politicians stretch the truth – the practice of political fact-checking began long before the 2016 election cycle. Butnone so much asTrump. These untruths – strung together as they are in all of his speeches – have helped drive one of the most rapid ascents in modern presidential campaign history. Stephen Colbert once invented a word to define the political discourse of the time. “Truthiness,” the comedian declared on hisdebut episode in 2005, was the truth as felt in one’s heart and gut, not what was written up in reference books. A decade later, Trump has taken the idea and run (for president) with it.
The Trump campaign did not respond to attempts to get comment for this story or these individual instances of inaccuracies.
The big questions is—does it really matter?