Well, the results are in for Politifact’s Readers’ Poll “Lie of the Year”, a competition for most significant falsehood as chosen by readers.
And the winner is: the entire 2016 election.
Running a close second is Donald Trump’s claim of election fraud and a well-deserved third, fake news sites that print “made up stories which go viral” (I won’t name any names here, but those who follow finance blogs are probably well aware of at least one of these web properties). “Fake news” one first place in the editors’ poll.
Here are the full results: