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Publius / December 15, 2015

And One of the Biggest Whoppers of the Year Goes To…

“Hands up, don’t shoot.”

One of the largest bastions of the Leftmedia, The Washington Post, has said the “Hands up, don’t shoot” narrative that gelled after the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson was one of the biggest political lies of 2015. The false narrative was that Brown had his hands up when Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed him. A grand jury later ruled that Wilson acted in self-defense.

The Post’s Fact Checker blog released a list of claims it said were the “The biggest Pinocchios of 2015.” Among the claims flagged by the Post, Hillary Clinton lied when she said the Defense of Marriage Act was signed by her husband to prevent a DOMA amendment to the Constitution, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy misled Americans when he said, on average, there was a school shooting every week since the Sandy Hook massacre, and Barack Obama fibbed when he said the Keystone Pipeline would transport oil not for American consumption.

But in terms of the most stubborn lies, “Hands up, don’t shoot” was one of the worst. It was repeated before a NFL game, as well as on the steps of the Capitol and on the House floor. In communities nationwide, it was a false narrative that fomented discord and served as race bait between law enforcement and residents. Unfortunately, this BIG Lie has had a big cost in terms of a spike in crime in big cities.

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