Palin crushes Bachmann in PolitiFact's "Lie Of The Year"
One can keep pretty busy fact-checking "lovable little fuzz ball" Michele Bachmann, but when it comes to the "Lie of the Year," she's got nothing on Sarah Palin. That's the conclusion of Pulitzer Prize-winning Web site PolitiFact's readers, who gave the honor to Mama Grizz for promulgating the idea that President Barack Obama wants to march the old and infirm in front of "death panels" to decide who lives or dies.
Of the roughly 5,000 people who voted from among the 10 lies offered, 61 percent gave top honors for this passage on Palin's Facebook page:
"The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome 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. Such a system is downright evil."
The reality: The bill contained a provision allowing Medicare to pay for doctor appointments about end-of-life counseling. It was sponsored by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.
As for Bachmann, 3.2 percent voted of the crock that page 92 of the House health care bill "says specifically that people can't purchase private health insurance after a date certain."
That fiction was perpetrated -- where else? -- on Sean Hannity's Fox News gab fest. Hannity, you'll remember, was busted by Jon Stewart not long ago for a faked video that grossly inflated the size of the crowd at Bachmann's big anti-health care reform rally in Washington, D.C. That's the same rally that a watchdog group says may have broken House ethics rules.
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