Monday, December 21, 2009

PolitiFact: Here's the lie of the year

PolitiFact.Com the fact-checking watchdog of the St. Petersburg Times, has reported its first "lie of the year" award in a survey of 5,000 voters: It is....death panels. The wacko term drew 61 pct. of the vote in a field of eight finalists. PolitiFact, which won a Pulitzer Prize this year for its work in exposing slippery tongues, traced the term to Sarah Palin, who stuck it in her Facebook psychobabbling. Here is how it was born:
"The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have go and stand in front of Obama's death panel so his bureaucrats can decide..."
Sarah can now claim she won something in 2009. And that's no lie.

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