By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – When Jimmy Carter came out of nowhere to win the presidency in 1976, one of his most memorable campaign promises was “I will never tell a lie.”

That promise was eagerly embraced by an electorate starved for more candor after all the lies and evasions of the Nixon era.

Forty years later, doesn’t it feel like we’re right back in that same place again?

Check this out:

In the recent the WBZ-TV, WBZ NewsRadio, UMass Amherst poll voters asked what word came to mind when they think of Donald Trump cited a number of adjectives, with “liar” prominent among them.

(WBZ-TV graphic)

(WBZ-TV graphic)

There it is again, looming over Hillary Clinton’s word cloud as well. And if you’re thinking that is an unfair word to apply to either candidate, check the facts.

(WBZ-TV graphic)

(WBZ-TV graphic)

That’s what the non-partisan group Politifact does, checking the facts behind political statements. And their research on Clinton and Trump is dismaying, to say the least.

Out of 263 Hillary Clinton campaign statements analyzed by Politifact, 39 were deemed mostly false, 27 outright false, and six egregiously false, or “pants on fire,” as they like to call it.

That’s 27-percent of Clinton’s statements. That’s a horrible track record, and Trump’s is even worse.

His Politifact scorecard shows 48 mostly false, 97 outright false, and 48 “pants on fire statements,” for a grand total of 70-percent of his 274 analyzed remarks.

I get it, total candor isn’t always possible in life. And in political campaigns that are all about putting a shine on a sneaker, the truth is often bent to fit a narrative.

But whoever wins in November better clean up their act, or the next few years might make the early 70s seem like a golden age of truth by comparison.

Comments (7)
  1. mikey says:

    In the graphic above the word “lier” appears in the mix of words describing Hillary Clinton. I agree with that description given that she has allowed the wheels of her husband’s affairs to roll over her for decades. Sad.

  2. mstarvin says:

    She is not capable of telling the truth…even about the most insignificant issue. She is pathological. Trump’s lying is clearly just boasting…maybe he is compensating for something? An egomaniac with an inferiority complex??

  3. Bengals2 says:

    If only both of their pants would catch on fire.

  4. Concerned American says:

    PolitiFact is “non-partisan” in name only.

  5. The Owl says:

    Interesting, isn’t it, that a lot of Clinton’s lies have to do with what she has done or not done that would be breaches of law or ethics,

    It’s also interesting that when she speaks she doesn’t say very much of substance that could be fact checked by anyone,.

  6. Concerned American says:


  7. Trump respects women says:

    “Grab them by the p***y.” – Donald Trump

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