Tuesday, December 20, 2011

PolitiFAIL! - wins FAIL Of The Year

This years Feckless Pander of the Year FAIL award goes to for their absurd conclusion that although it's true that the GOP/Paul Ryan plan to eventually convert Medicare to a privatized voucher system would essentially end Medicare "as we know it" - it is simply not true that a senior citizen dressed up like a fireman will appear at your front door to perform a striptease routine for your teenage daughter and her friends.

Think Progress
PolitiFact has just announced its finalists for 2011′s Lie of the Year. Oddly, the year’s most significant policy claim — the Democrats' charge that the Paul Ryan budget will end Medicare — made the list, even though it’s 100 percent true!

Here is why: Ryan’s plan ends traditional fee-for-service program and forces seniors to ultimately enroll in private coverage.

Under his proposal, beginning in 2022, people turning 65 will receive a pre-determined “premium support” payment to purchase private coverage. The insurers will offer a basic package of benefits, but traditional Medicare — the program that President Lyndon Johnson enacted in 1965 — will literally stop enrolling new beneficiaries.

Summary: decides to tether their credibility to a flat tire and fling the whole business onto a pyre of burning pants. Where they'll billow black gaseous smoke and stink up the atmosphere for at least a year. Or maybe forever... Goodbye Cruel World:
Politifact, R.I.P

This is really awful. Politifact, which is supposed to police false claims in politics, has announced its Lie of the Year — and it’s a statement that happens to be true, the claim that Republicans have voted to end Medicare.


The answer is, of course, obvious: the people at Politifact are terrified of being considered partisan if they acknowledge the clear fact that there’s a lot more lying on one side of the political divide than on the other. So they’ve bent over backwards to appear “balanced” — and in the process made themselves useless and irrelevant.

Way to go, guys.

MEANWHILE THE REAL LIE OF THE YEAR award goes to the claim that:
The stimulus created "zero jobs." ~ National Republican Senatorial Committee, Thursday, October 13th, 2011.

[edit/updated below - Dec 22, 2011]
And you don't need a smuggly self-satisfied muck-it-up from St. Petersburg, Florida to tell you that.



pansypoo said...

in trying NOT to be biased. they showed theselves to BE biased. pants on fire for bachman's too easy.

pjk said...

"As we know it" needed as a friggin' disclaimer? I don't remember "unplugging Grammaw as we know her".

At least in our area, they did a good job of splitting hairs on statements rather than delving in to the implied arguments behind them. Gave plenty of Republicans cover to seem 50/50.

pansypoo said...

i guess privatizing it isn't KILLINg medicare w/ cost less. and death panels.