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Nominations for 2009 Prevaricator of the Year™

December 24th, 2009 2 comments

2009 Update: Time is drawing to a close for this year’s Prevaricator of the Year™. This has been a banner year for the prevarication industry. The stimulus funding, bailouts, omnibus spending bills, earmarks, cap and trade, healthcare, FCC regulations, Czars, etc., all have vaulted their proponents to the top of the prevarication charts. It may be recession in many other industries but business is booming here at the NIP.

Some of the leaders in the race for 2009 P.O.T.Y.: Barack Obama. One nomination read, “every time his lips move.” We thought that cute, but maybe be a tad excessive. Other favorites: Mary Landrieu, Ben Nelson, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Balloon Boy Richard Heene, a certain unnamed golfer, and a group nomination which shall not be named at this point.

Most folks have used our contact form to nominate their favorite liar. Some have left comments, and surprisingly quite a few tweeted their favorites. Many have asked if we use a straight vote from readers, or whether a panel makes the decision. One reader from Colorado asked if he could be on the panel. The answer is actually none of the above. We have developed a very advanced proprietary algorithm to make the final decision, but our readers’ nominations are assessed heavy weighting.

2010 is looming so get your nominations in. Email, leave comments here, tweet us, contact us, call us, just get your nominations in before it is too late.

1998 Prevaricator of the Year™ Bill Clinton

December 24th, 2009 No comments

WASHINGTON: In a race to nail down a top spot in the NIP Prevaricator of the Year Awards™ the Clinton handlers have contacted the NIP to stake their claim on the 1998 Posthumorous category. We here at the NIP agree with them that 1998 holds a special place in the heart of all prevaricator watchers for his statement, recorded in grand jury testimony leading up to impeachment proceedings:

It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is. If the–if he–if ‘is’ means is and never has been, that is not–that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement….Now, if someone had asked me on that day, are you having any kind of sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky, that is, asked me a question in the present tense, I would have said no. And it would have been completely true.” Footnote 1128 in Starr Report

Classic obfuscation. Trivial by modern congressional standards of course, but noteworthy due to the statement’s notoriety. (The NIP wishes today’s Congress would police themselves as well as they policed President Clinton back in 1998.)

So Mr. President, 1998 belongs to you.

Al Gore Nominated for 1999 Prevaricator of the Year™

December 4th, 2009 3 comments

Al Gore Invents the InternetTHE INTERNET: Al Gore took the initiative in creating the Internet, as he asserted in an interview with Wolf Blitzer in 1999. Well known for inventing global warming, few Internet users also know of Mr. Gore’s primary role in creating the Internet. How he had time for that and running our country is a mystery to us. They say if you want to get something done, give the job to a busy man. Attaboy Al!

Apparently the folks at ARPANET claim to have had something to do with the Internet back in 1969. They have taken issue with Gore’s claim and have nominated him for 1999 Prevaricator of the Year™. If you have anyone else you are considering you better get the names in soon, as it looks like Al may have 1999 put away in his “lockbox”. Read more…

1994 Prevaricator of the Year™ Jimmy Carter

November 19th, 2009 No comments

Jimmy Carter The Worst President Ever1994. For ’94 we were considering a joint award for the North Koreans and Jimmy Carter since the North Koreans duped Jimmy into negotiating a payoff all the while maintaining their nuclear program:

In remarks to reporters at the White House today after the meeting, Mr. Carter, who returned from his trip late Saturday, unabashedly provided an encouraging and unqualified account of his accomplishments. “I personally believe that the crisis is over,” he said. New York Times

Apparently Jimmy didn’t like sharing the award with the North Koreans. So to seal the solo nomination Jimmy traveled to Haiti later that year and negotiated a truce. Who even knew the US was at war with Haiti? (Hey, next year let’s go to war with Cancun!) From Carter’s own web site:

The day after former President Jimmy Carter helped negotiate the agreement to avert a U.S. invasion of Haiti, The Los Angeles Times described him as a person with “a preternatural patience and an unshakable faith in his fellow man.” The Carter Center

Apparently he’s not done yet with his self-congratulations. So Jimmy, practically every year you are in the running, but for 1994 we give you supreme prevaricator kudos. And Jimmy, when you read this, be sure to click on the cartoon.

NIP Opens Prevaricator of the Year™ Nominations

November 19th, 2009 6 comments

WASHINGTON: Today the National Institute of Prevarication officially opened nominations for the 2009 Prevaricator of the Year™. Nominations will remain open until midnight December 31st. The official results will be announced sometime in January 2010.

Nominations are open to anyone, and you can nominate yourself if you wish. Multiple nominations for the same person (from different sources) will carry weight in determining final results. You can nominate your favorite prevaricator by leaving a comment. Just put your favorite liar of 2009 in your comment. To advance your nomination it would be helpful in describing your nominee’s contribution to the field of prevarication, citing sources where possible.

News of this award has already leaked and we have heard from many who want to be named Prevaricator of the Year™ for previous years. So we will also accept nominations for Posthumorous Prevaricator of the Year™. If you nominate someone for a Posthumorous award, be sure to include the year.

Once awards have been announced for a particular year, all decisions are final.

Editor’s Note: Results of Posthumorous awards are tabulated here:

Posthumorous awards:

1999 Al Gore for his work in creating the Internet

1998 Bill Clinton “It depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.”

1994 Jimmy Carter for achieving Korean nuclear disarmament, truce with Haiti

Note to the Carter Center: Nominations for multiple years are discouraged.


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