Rush Limbaugh’s Astonishing Record of Lies Exposed by Fact-Checking Organization

limbaugh-idiotPolitifact is easily one of my favorite sites to visit at least a couple of times a day to check out what new claims or information they’ve recently investigated. While I’ve had many conservatives claim that the site is nothing but “another part of the liberal media,” I’ve actually found them to be pretty fair and non-partisan. In almost all of their investigations they offer a detailed explanation for the processes they used to gather their information, the sources they used to do their research, and a detailed explanation as to why they gave whatever it was that they were investigating the rating that it ultimately received (True/Mostly True/Half True/Mostly False/False/Pants on Fire).


Yesterday I headed on over to see what new investigations they had posted, only to see a claim made by Rush Limbaugh rated as “Mostly False.” Then it just struck me; I couldn’t recall a time that I’ve ever seen them rate something Limbaugh had said where they determined he was actually being honest. So I decided to check out his full profile.

And – wow.

For starters, he’s the first person I’ve seen who has had at least a couple dozen quotes fact-checked, but still has a zero percent rating under “True.” They’ve investigated 30 statements made by the popular conservative radio host and literally none of them have been rated as 100 percent true.

In fact, only 7 percent (2 of the 30) were even rated as “Mostly True.”

But the astonishing numbers are found when you get to the Mostly False/False/Pants on Fire sections where 84 percent of Limbaugh’s comments fall into these three categories for dishonesty.

It’s no wonder Limbaugh was recently rated as the least trustworthy member of the media a few months back.

And it’s not as if he’s some no-name blogger who pushes ridiculous nonsense for cheap hits and page views. Limbaugh is seen as one of the leading members of the conservative media and someone from whom many Republicans rely on to get information.


Seeing an utterly embarrassing record such as Limbaugh’s, it becomes painstakingly clear why so many Republicans are so grossly misinformed about even basic information in this country. It’s impossible to expect them to know legitimate facts when their side is not only blatantly misinforming them, but also doing just about everything they possibly can to make conservative voters distrust any media source that isn’t “right-wing approved.” It really is quite a system they’ve setup for themselves. People like Limbaugh blatantly lie about damn near everything, then proceed to perpetuate the idea that anyone who debunks those lies is “part of the liberal media” so they’re not to be trusted.

Sadly, it’s worked.

Republicans generally only get their information from conservative entities and basically any time you present them with some kind of factual evidence debunking the nonsense they’re being fed by the right-wing media, they’ll simply dismiss it as “all part of the liberal conspiracy against the truth.”

Though as many of us on the left like to say, it’s amazing how the truth always seems to have a liberal bias.




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Cæsar_Had_Epilepsy

    People eat this garbage up, he was always right wing, but definitely started being more crazy when Fox News discovered an untapped demographic, the angry white conservative. That’s when Rush amplified everything for ratings. Poor suckers, even Rush doesn’t believe Rush, he believes green $$$.

    • MT

      PS – This IS the fox formula. Feed people what they want to hear, and give them someone to blame.

  • Jim Valley

    He literally makes me sick to my stomach.

    • Tom Hayes

      Why do you listen to him then?

      • Jim Valley

        I don’t. In fact, I generally can’t stand more than about 10 or 20 seconds of him. I do hear clips from his show on various other shows, though. The things he says are horrifying and disgusting.

      • lheurebleue

        Just knowing he exists is nauseating.

      • Zachary Zarko

        I spend a lot of time in Missouri and Kansas, and when I’m in either of those states – there is no way to avoid Limbaugh or FOX News. It’s on every radio and TV in every restaurant, bar, and convenience store. Even when I try to listen to a rock and roll station on the radio – the DJs talk about the latest Limbaugh rant between songs and commercials.

  • Tom

    So, examples?

  • billybear3

    More proof that Conservatives are lying dirtbags with a band of idiotic followers…

  • Bailey Nix

    As are democrats as well.in general most politicians lie to push their misguided agenda..The oligarchy of the demo rep establishment is well documented..Both parties work for the rich and to control the citizenry.Both parties are only for freedom from their point of view And pass laws that remove rights from the other..