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Biggest Lie of The Year: Biggest Lie of The Year
St. Petersberg Times (home of PolitFact ^ | 12/21/2010 | PolitiFact / Angie Drobnic Holan

Posted on 12/21/2009 8:47:07 PM PST by Jack Black

PolitiFact's Lie of the Year: 'Death panels' By Angie Drobnic Holan Published on Friday, December 18th, 2009 at 5:15 p.m.

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Seniors and the disabled "will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care." Sarah Palin, Friday, August 7th, 2009.

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Bookmark this story: Buzz up!ShareThis A winner in our "Lie of the Year" contest! Of all the falsehoods and distortions in the political discourse this year, one stood out from the rest.

"Death panels."

The claim set political debate afire when it was made in August, raising issues from the role of government in health care to the bounds of acceptable political discussion. In a nod to the way technology has transformed politics, the statement wasn't made in an interview or a television ad. Sarah Palin posted it on her Facebook page.

Her assertion — that the government would set up boards to determine whether seniors and the disabled were worthy of care — spread through newscasts, talk shows, blogs and town hall meetings. Opponents of health care legislation said it revealed the real goals of the Democratic proposals. Advocates for health reform said it showed the depths to which their opponents would sink. Still others scratched their heads and said, "Death panels? Really?"

The editors of, the fact-checking Web site of the St. Petersburg Times, have chosen it as our inaugural "Lie of the Year."

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1 posted on 12/21/2009 8:47:08 PM PST by Jack Black
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To: Jack Black

I thought the most popular quote of the year was “You Lie!”

2 posted on 12/21/2009 8:53:39 PM PST by smokingfrog (Don't mess with the mocking bird! -
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To: Jack Black


They are throwing this cowpie against the wall to see if it will stick, and will judge it's "hit value" by the number of responses to the article.

If they have to go so far as to depend on a "play on words" to have something on Sarah, then their cause is lost anyway.

Here's the question: IF the intent of the clause was NOT to mean "DEATH PANELS" then why did the DEMS remove it, or change it, after Sarah posted it on Facebook?

Because they knew it was true, tha't why.

Don't call that newsroom and boost their perverted egoes, just let it die on the vine.

We need to STOP being suckered by the left and the media...the best way to stop any salesman in his tracks is DO NOT RESPOND TO ANYTHING HE SAYS. The natural progression of a sales pitch depends on feedback from the proposed sucker, er, Customer. If you respond, or ask questions, you are just giving them MORE talking points.
3 posted on 12/21/2009 8:54:43 PM PST by FrankR (obama was not an election, it was an INVASION of the United States.)
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To: Jack Black

Whats a newspaper?

4 posted on 12/21/2009 8:54:50 PM PST by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: Jack Black


The biggest lie of the year is at the University of East Anglia.

(Don’t ever sit on a Death Panel. It will be a good way to receive what you would deal out to others.)

5 posted on 12/21/2009 8:56:05 PM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (Crouching Tiger. Hidden fire hydrant.)
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To: Rome2000

A place to get Sunday coupons, nothing else.

6 posted on 12/21/2009 8:57:46 PM PST by doc1019 (Rebellion is only a short time away.)
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To: Jack Black

A Death Panel by any other name will still issue a death sentence.

7 posted on 12/21/2009 9:01:47 PM PST by Kirkwood (Merry Christmas!)
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To: Jack Black

I showed how the author of the piece is misleading two days ago:

Anyone who tells you to ignore things like this doesn’t understand how things work. And, almost all of those who comment on articles like this don’t understand how to strike back effectively.

Here’s a hint: I’m on the first page of Google results for the author’s name, and - if others were more interested in doing things that were effective - my post or one like it would be on the first page of search results for a more general term. You have to show PFact’s audience how they’re being misled, and that’s not going to happen in echo chambers or through ranting or through ignoring them.

9 posted on 12/21/2009 9:07:05 PM PST by lonewacko_dot_com
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To: Jack Black

Yeah, with ClimateGate breaking and a lunatic in the White House yeah Death Panels are the biggest lie.

When will the media finally finish sucking up its own ass?

10 posted on 12/21/2009 9:12:35 PM PST by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Jack Black

Palin predicted that passage of health care reform would lead to the equivalent of ‘death panels’ deciding what level of triaged care would be appropriate for the sick, based on age, etc. It was a prediction. It hasn’t come to be yet. How can it be said to be a lie? How can a prediction be a lie?

11 posted on 12/21/2009 9:18:10 PM PST by perchprism (To those about to revolt, we salute you.)
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To: Rome2000

It’s what your budgie shites on.

12 posted on 12/21/2009 9:20:00 PM PST by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: Jack Black

They just won their own award.

13 posted on 12/21/2009 9:35:32 PM PST by sourcery (Climatology will be science (and not a religion) when Hell freezes over, and AlGore doesn't deny it!)
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To: Jack Black; perchprism; FrankR

Well, I took them at there word and sent the below Op-ed to Angie Holan.

The contention of Congress, Barack Obama, and others that legislation does not mandate end of life discussions might be literally be truthful, but lacks credibility. Sarah Palin points out that fraud and the following explains more fully that deception.

Health care reform means government intervention to control health care, and not only through legislation, but by application of Congressional intent. As with any other commodity or service the two control methods are price or technical allocation methodologies. Governments specialize in the latter.

The stimulus bill created the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Health Information Technology Research Centers. These bureaucracies duplicate private sector information bases, utilizing computer technology for coordination and flow of recommendations and policies for medical knowledge. Now passage of HR 3962, and passage of Senate legislation, adds over 100 new boards, commissions and programs. These bureaucracies provide the framework for boundless regulatory masterpieces constraining human freedom. The HHS Secretary will use the bureaucracies to implement Congressional intent.

Regulations developed reflect the momentum of congressional intent; not the will of the people. The regulations would utilize disquieting legislative provisions, selected legislator speeches, and selected expert testimony to incorporate ideas politicians consider too sensitive for public debate. Medical professionals would join other private sector professionals such as education financial aid directors and CPA’s I know, who often serve as federal agents instead of client advocates.

Princeton bioethics professor Peter Singer recently presented in the New York Times Congressional intent without equivocation. “Rationing health care means getting value for the billions spent by setting limits on which treatments should be paid for from the public purse….There’s no doubt that it’s tough – politically, emotionally, and ethically - to make a decision that means that someone will die sooner than they would have if the decision had gone the other way….If the U.S. system spent less on expensive treatments for those who, with or without drugs, have at most a few months to live, it would be better able to save lives of more people who, if they get the treatment they need, might live for several decades….The task of health care bureaucrats is then to get the best value for resources they have been allocated….If a teenager can be expected to live another 70 years, saving that life gains 70 years, whereas a person of 85 can be expected to live another 5 years, then saving the 85-year-old will gain of only 5 life-years. That suggests saving one teenager is equivalent to saving 14 85-year-olds”.

Peter Singer’s rational, scientific approach reminds me of the Geneva Conventions, which attempt rational, moral threads to grasp during the barbarity of war. For my Navy experience pulverizing a major enemy base camp in Vietnam, I especially like the clear and obvious reading of Articles 28 and 29 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. The VC were responsible for any civilian deaths on that base. Those civilians qualified as Protected Persons within the enemy’s physical control, and could not be used to render certain points and areas immune from military operations.

The passages formed the basis for rules of engagement we followed when attacking a legitimate military target. I was also blessed by not having to clean up after-wards for the mess I helped make. However, I am sure our task force was an effective “death panel”. We permanently shattered that VC main force unit, forcing it to surrender control of the region to South Vietnamese civil authority.

Physicians currently discuss end of life issues when explaining proposed procedures and drugs, so new legislation only confiscates privacy and freedom. The result of regulations would be to place everyone on pathways to federally defined, cost effective, approved treatments. Seniors and the disabled would reside in second class citizenship. Popular philosophies as discussed above allocate a scarcity of health resources as created by government by finding these people deficient in societal contributions compared to active workers and youth.

Worthwhile initiatives would locate dialogue and diagnosis with families, nurses, and doctors; not with lawyers, insurance companies, academics, and bureaucrats. Worthwhile initiatives would also free the private sector from government constraints preventing greater heath care supply at lower cost. However, such suggestions are not contemplated or appreciated.

14 posted on 12/21/2009 9:48:14 PM PST by Retain Mike
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To: FrankR

It seems GeeDubya used that tactic and it failed.

15 posted on 12/21/2009 9:53:23 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian ( What happened to my tag line?)
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To: Retain Mike

I sent a letter too, but it was more snide and not as well written as yours. But I did ask her to let me know if there was any country in the world with government health care that WASN’T rationed.

It’s so amazing how stupid people can be. Kids think they’ll live forever, but you would think more older people would realize they are going on the chopping block for this.

16 posted on 12/22/2009 1:08:32 AM PST by I still care (A Republic - if you can keep it. - Ben Franklin)
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To: perchprism

It has come to pass it exists already,it has a 1.1 billion dollar budget and was passed in the stimulus Bill .
LETS GET EDUCATED FOLKS! The Chairman is Ezekiel Emmanuel Dr. Death, the Author of this Quality of life Bull crap WHICH IS IN THE MANAGERS AMENDMENT Harry Reid crafted in the Senate. The Death panel is called Comparitive effectiveness research Panel. Look it up , This panel and Kathleen Sebelius,The abortion Queen, are going to determine who gets what treatment and who doesnt based on age and COST. This newspaper is spreading misinformation or is trying to determine the publics depth of ignorance on this and judging from the response in this thread there is a Chasm of ignorance .

17 posted on 12/22/2009 3:29:01 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: I still care
I have seen this assursion by two papers now. Must the year end mantra.
18 posted on 12/22/2009 8:39:44 AM PST by Retain Mike
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To: Jack Black

I’m pretty sure the biggest lie told in 2009 was “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

19 posted on 12/23/2009 11:29:41 AM PST by kevkrom (Obama's Waterloo: a "hockey mom" with a laptop and a Facebook account)
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