You might expect a website that fact-checks American politics to use the word “lie” a lot. But at PolitiFact, we don’t.
We use the word lie once a year, when we consider a year’s worth of fact-checking and pick one falsehood that we consider the most egregious. We call it the Lie of the Year, and we’ve named one every December since 2009. This year’s Lie of the Year was the online smears against the Parkland students.