The 2009 PoliFact.com "Lie of the Year" was the GOP myth about "death panels." In Missouri, the lie was spread by leaders like Roy Blunt, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Ed Martin and others.
This year's "Lie of the Year" comes from GOP pollster Frank Luntz, who encouraged his fellow partisans to call the health care reform law a "government takeover of health care."
[A]s Republicans smelled serious opportunity in the midterm elections, they didn't let facts get in the way of a great punchline. And few in the press challenged their frequent assertion that under Obama, the government was going to take over the health care industry...
The phrase is simply not true.
Sadly -- but not surprisingly -- Missouri Republicans were all too happy to be a part of the deliberate misinformation. Unapologetic propagators of 2010's "Lie of the Year" include Roy Blunt, Peter Kinder, Ed Martin, Billy Long, Vicky Hartzler, Missouri GOP Chairman David Cole, and many, many others.
Thanks to everyone who participated!