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   The Mendacity Index - Which president told the biggest whoppers?

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8/29/2003 12:00 am

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Entered 8/29/2003, Updated 8/29/2003

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To come up with our Mendacity Index, we asked a nominating committee* of noted journalists and pundits to pick the most serious fibs, deceptions, and untruths spoken by each of the four most recent presidents. We selected the top six for each commander-in-chief, then presented the list to a panel of judges** with longtime experience in Washington. Panel members were instructed to rate each deception on a scale of 1 (least serious) to 5 (most serious). Then we averaged the scores for each deception and for each president Bill Clinton: 3.1 George H.W. Bush: 3.2 Ronald Reagan: 3.3 George Bush: 3.6


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