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The Lie of the Year is…

PolitiFact had so, so many lies to choose from. But when it came time to determine 2018’s Lie of the Year, Angie Holan and Amy Sherman settled on the online smear machine that tried to discredit the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. They recalled how “crisis actor” became a household term due to this disinformation campaign – and due to the surprisingly effective refutations by the students.

“The attacks against Parkland’s students stand out because of their sheer vitriol,” Holan and Sherman wrote. “Together, the lies against the Parkland students in the wake of unspeakable tragedy were the most significant falsehoods of 2018. We name them PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year.”

Now, the lie of the day…

So much of the debate about immigration and border security is built on misinformation and misconceptions. Politico Playbook was right in the immediate aftermath of Tuesday’s televised White House fight: “Conversations between Pelosi, Schumer and Trump are not really going to be terribly useful since they can’t even agree to stick to a basic sets of facts.” And let’s be clear: Trump bears most of the responsibility for that. As Anderson Cooper said on “AC360,” it was “hard to keep up with how many things about the wall and the border the president said that simply weren’t true.” Kirsten Powers added, “This sort of manufactured crisis about our country being invaded by undocumented immigrants — the entire thing is something that’s been manufactured to basically gin up support for a wall that we don’t need.”

I’m glad the cameras were allowed in for Tuesday’s meeting between Trump and the Dems. But it was troubling to see the sheer # of misstatements. Trump said “tremendous amounts of wall have already been built,” which is grossly untrue. Schumer called him out: “The Washington Post today gave you a whole lot of Pinocchios because they say you constantly misstate how much the wall is — how much of the wall is built and how much is there.” Trump scoffed at the Post, but the fact-checkers are right. </