The “Bottomless Pinocchio”

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive in Rihad, Saudi Arabia,

The Washington Post Fact Checker has introduced a new dishonesty rating custom-made for the Trump era: the “Bottomless Pinocchio.” The newspaper says the new tier will be issued to politicians who “repeat a false claim so many times that they are, in effect, engaging in campaigns of disinformation.” In order to be awarded the Bottomless Pinocchio, the claims must have received three or four Pinocchios from the Fact Checker, and must have been repeated 20 times. Fourteen statements made by Trump already qualify for the list—no other politician has yet been given the dubious honor. In an article announcing the introduction of the new level, the  condemns Trump and says: “He is not merely making gaffes or misstating things, he is purposely injecting false information into the national conversation.” The most repeated falsehood so far, according to the Fact Checker, is Trump’s assertion that his tax cut was the biggest in history, followed by his exaggerations of the size of U.S. trade deficits.


2 thoughts on “The “Bottomless Pinocchio”

  1. Well I am not an extreme political/government watcher, but I make a point of watching the president at his rallies especially and other venues where I can observe him in action. He tells more blatant falsehoods than any president I have seen. Not just a nuance off, but plain wrong and sometimes hilariously so. It would be more entertaining if it was fiction. It’s not a matter of “fake news” making up stuff. It’s just him letting fly. That this is our actual President right now takes a lot of the fun out of it.


  2. See Glenn Reynolds’ critiques of Glenn Kessler. We’ve arrived at such a state in our public discourse that soi-disant ‘fact checkers’ are about the last people you can trust (academics and lawyers are more adept at cloaking their deceptions).


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