Liar, liar.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Mark Kirk did not tell the whole story about how he found out his bio had misidentified him as having won a Navy “Intelligence Officer of the Year” award. It turns out the Navy tipped off Kirk’s House staff that news outlets were asking questions about his military record.

Last week, Kirk, a commander in the Naval Reserves, said his staff called the false claim to his attention as if they discovered it themselves. What actually happened was that after his staff got the heads-up from the Navy, Kirk’s team scrambled a damage-control operation, putting a statement on his website correcting the record before a story came out.