Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Politifact's "Lie of the Year" is Nothing of the Kind

NOT.  Image from MediaMatters.
I couldn't believe it when I heard it. Politifact's lie of the year was the allegation by Democrats that the "Ryan Plan" would "kill" Medicare? At worst, it was an exaggeration, as the Ryan Plan would certainly kill Medicare as we know it. Ending the program, and replacing it with a voucher system called "Medicare," doesn't negate that.

But that's not the half of it. In their apparent over-eager attempt at being bipartisan, Politifact had to step around countless doozies made just in the GOP debates alone. The Politifact scale goes from "true" all the way to "pants on fire." That Politifact chose a "mostly true" statement over countless "pants on fire" ones throws their judgment into question.


Politifact's Flawed "Lie of The Year" Selection Only Encourages More Lying

In naming as its 2011 "Lie of the Year" a statement that is, at worst, arguably true, Politifact has inadvertently said more about itself and the media's failure to adequately combat the lies and deception that act as a cancer on American democracy. . .

Read more at: MediaMatters.org

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