The biggest Pinocchios of 2011

Washington Post fact-checkers were kept busy this year reviewing all the exaggerated and flat-out wrong statements made by politicians. They assigned “Pinocchio” ratings ranging from one Pinocchio for some shading of the facts to four Pinocchios for “whoppers.” Among the biggest whoppers of the year were the GOP claims that President Obama apologized for America and that he thinks Americans are lazy, Obama’s claim that he passed the biggest middle-class tax cut in history, GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s claim that she hasn’t said anything inaccurate in any of the debates, and Democrats’ claim that GOP lawmakers voted to kill Medicare.