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Politifact
"Ok, I lit the smoke bomb and rolled it under the bed. Let's see if it--" ::FWOOOSH:: "Politifact says: PANTS ON FIRE!"
Title text: "Ok, I lit the smoke bomb and rolled it under the bed. Let's see if it--" ::FWOOOSH:: "Politifact says: PANTS ON FIRE!"

Explanation

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This comic presents the website Politifact.com as a person, who rates every statement they hear based on how true it is, as the website does with political claims.

The rulings from the Truth-O-MeterTM at PolitiFact are:

  • True
  • Mostly True
  • Half-True
  • Mostly False
  • False
  • Pants on Fire!

The title text furthers this, with "Pants on fire" being Politifact's most untrue rating, but in this case it is an actual statement that Politifact's pants have caught fire because of the smoke bomb.

Transcript

[Megan walks around and rubs her eyes.]
Megan: I did not sleep well last night.
[A person with long hair wearing a hat crawls through the window, PolitiFact, Megan looks at the person.]
PolitiFact: PolitiFact says mostly true!
Megan: Oh no...
[PolitiFact has entered the room and Megan chases after that person with Cueball walking behind of them.]
Cueball: Not again. Get out of here, PolitiFact!
Megan: I swear I locked that window.
PolitiFact: PolitiFact says: False!
[Cueball and Megan standing in a bedroom, PolitiFact hides under the bed.]
Cueball: You can't stay under there forever.
Politifact: PolitiFact says: False!
Megan: Nobody likes you, Politifact.
PolitiFact: PolitiFact says: Mostly true!


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