The biggest political 'Lies of the Year': Palin, Wilson, Biden

The votes are in, and Sarah Palin's claim that the healthcare reform bill would include government-run "death panels" has earned the dubious honor of "Lie of the Year," according to a survey conducted by a political fact-checking website.

PolitiFact surveyed more than 4,800 of its readers, and 61 percent of them picked Palin's August 2009 statement, posted on her Facebook page, that the elderly and disabled "will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care."


Palin wasn't the only politico caught with pants on fire; others included:

-- Orly Taitz, who claimed that she had proof that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii where his birth certificate states he was born (8.7%).

-- Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), who shouted "You lie!" to Obama during an address to Congress, when the president said the healthcare bill wouldn't pay for illegal immigrants (5.8 %).

-- Vice President Joe Biden, who claimed that "When one person sneezes, it goes all the way through the aircraft," in response to questions about the spread of swine flu (1.7 %).

Click here for PolitiFact's list of the best tall tales of 2009.

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