Democrats tell Lie of the Year

William Tate
Politifact has given its Lie of the Year award to Democrats who claim that Republicans are trying to 'end Medicare as we know it.'

The left-leaning 'fact check' site could not, of course, do so as a straight-up story, devoting much of its article to Democrat talking points.

"Even when explained accurately, the Republicans' Medicare plan was not particularly popular with the public, nor with some independent health policy analysts."

and Politifact continued:

"With a few small tweaks to their attack lines, Democrats could have been factually correct, said Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. 'I actually think there is no need to cut out the qualifiers and exaggerate,' he said."

In other words, even when Democrats were telling the 'Lie of the Year,' they were still being, basically, accurate?

Politifact even intentionally undermined its own decision by emphasizing criticism from far-left blogs ... and just slightly more credible sources, such as the New Republic and econo-nutter Paul Krugman.

However, the website made no such concessions last year to conservatives' criticism when it named its Republicans' charges that ObamaCare represented a "government takeover of health care" as its Lie of the Year. Nor did it do so in 2009 when it gave its inaugural Lie of the Year award to Sarah Palin for saying that ObamaCare included "death panels."

Politi-fact? Or Politi-opinion?

Politifact has given its Lie of the Year award to Democrats who claim that Republicans are trying to 'end Medicare as we know it.'

The left-leaning 'fact check' site could not, of course, do so as a straight-up story, devoting much of its article to Democrat talking points.

"Even when explained accurately, the Republicans' Medicare plan was not particularly popular with the public, nor with some independent health policy analysts."

and Politifact continued:

"With a few small tweaks to their attack lines, Democrats could have been factually correct, said Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. 'I actually think there is no need to cut out the qualifiers and exaggerate,' he said."

In other words, even when Democrats were telling the 'Lie of the Year,' they were still being, basically, accurate?

Politifact even intentionally undermined its own decision by emphasizing criticism from far-left blogs ... and just slightly more credible sources, such as the New Republic and econo-nutter Paul Krugman.

However, the website made no such concessions last year to conservatives' criticism when it named its Republicans' charges that ObamaCare represented a "government takeover of health care" as its Lie of the Year. Nor did it do so in 2009 when it gave its inaugural Lie of the Year award to Sarah Palin for saying that ObamaCare included "death panels."

Politi-fact? Or Politi-opinion?