Thank you, Jason Linkins of HuffPost, for this hilarious and thorough analysis of PolitiFact’s decision to make the phrase “Republicans voted to end Medicare” the Lie of the Year.
My absolute favorite quote from the article:
Any proposal that ends Medicare, ends Medicare! One need not object to the proposal to end Medicare to say, “This will end Medicare.” If Paul Ryan negotiates a deal with a newly-discovered island nation of unicorns whereby the unicorns agree to provide seniors with immortality, that is still a set of circumstances by which Medicare is ended.
Paul Krugman, in his article Politifact, R.I.P., points out the clear problem with what Politifact is doing:
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.