3/7/09 12:51 AM

2007: Top Ten Lies

It's that time again, when we scour the J$P archives for the biggest lies of 2007. We documented and debunked close to 100 of them this past year alone, and the task of selecting the most dishonest, outrageous, and downright laughable of them was, as always, a challenge. But we persevered, and we now present the "winners": The Top Ten Lies of 2007.

#10 - Including something from Media Matters on these year-end lists has almost become a tradition, and luckily David Brock's site did not let us down. It would be tempting to select Paul Waldman's Today Show appearance--after all, how often do you catch someone lying on national television? But their smear of John Gibson is our #10: it found its way onto MSNBC and demonstrates how easy it is to assassinate someone's character when you aren't constrained by the truth.

#9 - Speaking of MSNBC, you know that we cannot overlook Keith Olbermann . We won't repeat what is already on Olby's Top Ten Lies of 2007. Unique to the J$P list: KO snarking at Fox for something that proved to be a product of Keith's imagination, and our #9: Keith slamming O'Reilly for, well, something O'Reilly never said.

#8 - Our friends at the newshounds (another fine product of the Outfoxed syndicate) provide us with more fodder than any other source. They are most amusing, however, when they get on their high horse and then let loose with a niagara of misinformation, falsehoods, and outright fictions, all the while criticizing Fox (for getting the facts correct). It happened when Donna's understanding of climatology proved to be more than a little cloudy, but the classic example makes the list at #8: you will look long and hard before you find a more confused and arrogantly wrong-headed obloquy.

#7 - If you think those last examples are an embarrassment, then prepare for a whole new level in humiliation. Look past the dazzling illiteracy and go straight to the substance: a series of bald-faced lies about the Hillary hostage coverage that show the newshounds for what they are.

#6 - Fox Didn't Cover... Always a treat, because when the newsmutts make the claim, it's like a DNA marker for fabrication. Let's see, Fox didn't cover a Democratic debate, Brit Hume didn't mention some aspect of the NIE, FNC ignored a truck bombing in Iraq, Fox didn't give time to opponents of war with Iran... Any one of these can be #6. You pick 'em.

#5 - Sometimes the newspoodles get worked up over the most trivial matters, and it's always entertaining when they are wildly, but insistently, wrong. There was Priscilla's off-the-wall assertion that Fox's male anchors have to wear flag lapel pins to show their subservience to "management". Melanie obsessed about a "misidentification" of Joe Lieberman that only took place in her imagination. But the one that wins the #5 slot is Donna's hobbyhorse about how Fox refuses to call Hillary Clinton "Senator". No surprise, both her specific claims and general accusation proved to be falsehoods.

#4 - Almost as deranged as the examples directly above is the claim from the biased bassets that the story of Jessica Lynch was "not well publicized" and Fox was "trying to keep it that way". Sure enough, the anti-Fox terriers didn't tell the truth. The same can also be said of their attempt to smear Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, but making up statements from them out of whole cloth takes hound skullduggery to another level. That's #4.

#3 - We've had our run-ins with Salon.com in the past, and to be fair their writer Alex Koppelman gets props for correcting an error on at least one occasion. But we had to award the #3 position to his piece on FNC's Democratic contributors, rife with errors, spin, and highly selective (and therefore deceptive) journalism.

#2 - The "grass roots" movement to prevent Fox News from hosting any Democratic Presidential debates has been fueled by dishonorable, mendacious agit-prop of the most reprehensible kind. Case in point is #2 on our countdown: the risible falsehoods and outright lies propagated by MyDD and Chris Bowers.

And finally, here it is, the #1 lie of 2007. This one we spotted at newshounds, but it quickly spread through the Fox haters echo chamber. And a semi-prominent newschannel lifted it from the blue blogs and repeated it over their air. (Yes, it was MSNBC.) The picture to the right is the lie. How can a picture be a lie? See for yourself why it has earned the title of #1 Lie of 2007.

Best wishes for a great New Year from johnny dollar's place!

See also: 2007's Top Ten Videos
2007's Top Ten Audios

Terrific job as usual J$. Thanks.
The Libby story is indicative of the troubling trend, especially by MSNBC, to use blogs for news stories. Apparently without adequately checking or verifying the allegations.
Not good. In fact, awful. My guess is that most of it is driven by cost-saving measures. 
We know that nearly all of these shows are producer driven. The producers select the stories and compile the content of the shows. Apparently, Olbermann writes all of the show himself but, again apparently, does little original reporting or verification of the content chosen.
Eventually, this should catch up to them. Although most media critics seem so smitten by Olbermann's admittedly impressive writing skills that they ignore the content of what he is reporting.
January 1, 2008, 1:52:32 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
> Apparently, Olbermann writes all of the show himself
The key word there is "apparently".
January 1, 2008, 3:02:25 PM EST – Like – Reply

"The key word there is "apparently"."
Well, if he doesn't write his own script - as you know, he claims to - doesn't that mitigate some of his culpability for any errors on his show?
If it's entirely producer-driven, he escapes total responsibility for the content.
January 1, 2008, 6:26:27 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
I think he claimed to at one point. If I recall correctly more recent statements by him have been somewhat, shall we say, nuanced. Of course, all this assumes that you believe what he says in the first place!
January 1, 2008, 6:31:51 PM EST – Like – Reply

I love when the Gibson radio show reads the blue blogs comments.. that's my fav.
January 2, 2008, 2:46:49 PM EST – Like – Reply

Wow, just Wow. I've been to a lot of websites that cover a wide range of topics but, this is the lamest yet. Congradulations!
January 5, 2008, 11:21:25 AM EST – Like – Reply