Trust and honesty are considered Hillary’s weak areas. She’s competent, can be warm and caring, qualified, knows her stuff (a “policy wonk”.) But, when it comes to honesty, people give her low marks. Those who know her and have followed her for years know that the persistent meme is false, largely the result of constant right-wing attacks on her integrity, and a good slice of the country has bought into that false perception.
Reality is different, and it is time America found out about it. Ironically, the truth is that instead of one of the most dishonest Hillary is actually one of the most politicians in America. That’s the crazy part, Hillary’s rep is completely false, she is indeed very honest.
Mother Jones: Hillary Clinton Is One of America's Most Honest Politicians
Look: all politicians lie sometimes. That includes Hillary Clinton. But as the chart above shows, Hillary is one of the most honest politicians on the national stage. Here's a similar conclusion from the New York Times.
I know it's in their partisan self interest for conservatives to insist that Hillary is the world's biggest liar. But she isn't. Not by a long, long way. Republicans need to get the beam out of their own eye before they keep banging on about the mote in Hillary's.
Also reported in an earlier article by the New York Times:
All Politicians Lie. Some Lie More Than Others.
I’m a political fact-checker, which is usually an automatic conversation starter at parties. These days, I get two questions repeatedly: “Is it worse than it’s ever been?” and “What’s up with Donald Trump?”
I’ve been fact-checking since 2007, when The Tampa Bay Times founded PolitiFact as a new way to cover elections. We don’t check absolutely everything a candidate says, but focus on what catches our eye as significant, newsworthy or potentially influential. Our ratings are also not intended to be statistically representative but to show trends over time.
Donald J. Trump’s record on truth and accuracy is astonishingly poor. So far, we’ve fact-checked more than 70 Trump statements and rated fully three-quarters of them as Mostly False, False or “Pants on Fire” (we reserve this last designation for a claim that is not only inaccurate but also ridiculous).
Trump is one of the biggest liars we’ve seen, although Michelle Bachman is still a notch worse.
In the Democratic race, Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are evenly matched at 28 percent (based on 43 checks of Mr. Sanders and 140 checks of Mrs. Clinton). Outside of the primary campaign, we’ve continued checking the public statements of Bill Clinton since 2007; he comes out slightly ahead of President Obama in his truth-telling track record.
Statements since 2007 by presidential candidates (and some current and former officeholders) ranked from most dishonest over all to least dishonest, as fact-checked by PolitiFact. “Pants on Fire” refers to the most egregious falsehoods.