At the end of this week we’ll announce our pick for the worst factual blunder from 2011 and dub that claim San Diego’s Whopper of the Year. (No prize money or trophy awarded.)

Starting with 15 false claims, we’ve now narrowed the list to four — by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, County Supervisor Bill Horn, San Diego Unified School District trustee Shelia Jackson and Convention Center point man Steve Cushman. (Here’s a story about why each advanced.)

In the latest Fact Check TV, hosts Andrew Donohue and Scott Lewis explain their Whopper picks. Donohue argues Horn should get the award for falsely claiming that he went to jail following a 1960s civil rights protest. Lewis says Sanders should win for significantly overstating employee layoffs on national television.

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Fact Check TV also airs during the Friday 6 p.m. newscast on NBC 7 San Diego.

Keegan Kyle is a news reporter for He writes about public safety and handles the Fact Check Blog. What should he write about next?

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