Skip to comments.PolitiFiction - PolitiFact canít be trusted to get the story right
Posted on 08/28/2012 2:38:52 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
The website PolitiFact is going to be truth-squadding the Republican convention speakers this week, delivering verdicts on which claims are mostly true and which deserve a pants on fire rating. Our advice: Pay no attention to those ratings. PolitiFact cant be trusted to get the story right.
Its recent rulings on Medicare have demonstrated the point thrice over. PolitiFact said that Romneys comment that Obama had robbed Medicare of $716 billion to pay for Obamacare was mostly false. Among its reasons: The money was not robbed in any literal sense of the word. So if Romney led anyone to believe that Obama had held Medicare at gunpoint and ordered it to hand over its wallet, they can now rest easy, because PolitiFact is on the case.
PolitiFacts other arguments are that Medicare spending will continue to rise and that Obamas spending reductions are mainly aimed at insurers and hospitals, not beneficiaries. Leave aside the economic naïveté of that argument, and focus instead on the irrelevance. Romney said that Obama had taken money that was going to be spent on Medicare and instead spend it on Obamacare, and suggested that this was a bad thing. In other words: an absolutely true claim, and an opinion based on it. If PolitiFact disagrees with that opinion, let it publish its views under a different name.
PolitiFact zinged Paul Ryan (mostly false) for saying that Obama puts a board of 15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats in charge of Medicare who are required to cut Medicare in ways that will lead to denied care for current seniors. Those bureaucrats arent unaccountable, says PolitiFact, because they can be removed for malfeasance in office which obviously isnt what Ryan was getting at. Their recommendations can be rejected by Congress, it continues. Sure. But their recommendations can also become law without any congressional action: a process that can reasonably be described as lacking the accountability some people find worthwhile in lawmaking. PolitiFact complains as well about bureaucrats: They become members of the bureaucracy by definition once they join the board. But they wont all start that way.
Confronted with a real falsehood, however, PolitiFact gets soft. An Obama ad had claimed that Paul Ryans Medicare plan could raise costs for senior citizens by $6,400 and PolitiFact rated it mostly true, and then backed down to half true. It is wholly false. Ryans most recent plan was designed so that seniors will never have to pay more for Medicare than they would under Obamas budgets. PolitiFact claims that Obama is giving an accurate characterization of an older version of Ryans plan. It justifies Obamas attack on this outdated plan because the Congressional Budget Office has not evaluated the new one. Yet no evaluation by the CBO is needed to reject Obamas attack. Ryans plan guarantees that seniors would always have at least one insurance option that will cost them no more than Medicare does, and at least one option that will leave them ahead.
PolitiFact sometimes rates Democratic claims as false and Republican ones as true, and Republicans on those occasions are often tempted to cite the organization in their defense. They should resist the temptation, or at least preface any comment with an acknowledgment of PolitiFacts limited credibility. (As in, Even PolitiFact saw through the latest Obama ad.)
PolitiFact has just introduced a new Settle It! app which it calls, with amazing gall, an argument ender. Maybe its liberal bias that explains PolitiFacts blown calls. Whatever the reason, it is no good at distinguishing between truth and falsehood, which is to say at its professed mission. It should therefore give itself a pants on fire rating and shut itself down.
In other news today, scientists discovered that water is wet.
One skunk in the flowers makes acres of stinking blooms.
The AJC has its own Politifact syndication outlet and peppers the morning drive time radio with its BS....They are so far in the tank for Obama it isn’t funny. WSB750 has turned into a subtly socialist dogma outlet with all the slanted political news they present now - thank Scott Slade and crew...
..........."At times, Democrats and liberal groups were careful to characterize the Republican plan more accurately. Another claim in the ad from the Agenda Project said the plan would "privatize" Medicare, which received a Mostly True rating from PolitiFact. President Barack Obama was also more precise with his words, saying the Medicare proposal "would voucherize the program and you potentially have senior citizens paying $6,000 more."
....The plan has some guarantees for coverage, although seniors would have to pay more to get the benefits they receive today, according to an analysis completed earlier this year by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
......Its not the first time its been suggested that Medicare be changed from its current fee-for-service, where the government pays all the bills, to one that uses private insurers. In the past, some Democrats have even favored such proposals, especially if -- unlike the Ryan plan -- the support was linked to medical inflation, or there were an option for traditional Medicare, or there were more explicit protections for consumers."...
WSB = Were Such Buttheads
Now he ARE one!
Lie of the Year 2011: 'Republicans voted to end Medicare'
You never disappoint.
And you never fail to entertain.