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  1. 24 Dec '09 17:56
    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2009/dec/18/politifact-lie-year-death-panels/

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

    PolitiFact readers overwhelmingly supported the decision. Nearly 5,000 voted in a national poll to name the biggest lie, and 61 percent chose "death panels" from a field of eight finalists. (See the complete results.)

    This is the story of how two words generated intense heat in the national debate over health care.


    There is much more to the article, but of note is the following: "Two independent polls showed that about 30 percent of the public believed death panels were part of health care reform, both the week after Palin made the comment and a month later."
  2. Standard member sh76
    Civis Americanus Sum
    24 Dec '09 21:37
    Originally posted by USArmyParatrooper
    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2009/dec/18/politifact-lie-year-death-panels/

    [quote]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 c ...[text shortened]... of health care reform, both the week after Palin made the comment and a month later."
    I nominate "The new healthcare plan will be deficit neutral" for second place.
  3. 24 Dec '09 21:40
    Originally posted by sh76
    I nominate "The new healthcare plan will be deficit neutral" for second place.
    Yeah but at least nobody believes that crap. What is it about GOP lies that stick so well?
  4. 24 Dec '09 21:43
    Ahh, the Sarah Palin brand of Republicans are so cute and funny!
  5. Standard member sh76
    Civis Americanus Sum
    24 Dec '09 22:05
    Originally posted by USArmyParatrooper
    Yeah but at least nobody believes that crap. What is it about GOP lies that stick so well?
    Fox News does a good job of selling them.
  6. Standard member smw6869
    Granny
    24 Dec '09 23:10
    What is it about GOP lies that stick so well?

    They use Palosi's inner thigh moisture for glue ?????

    Palosi's Husband's GRANNY.
  7. 24 Dec '09 23:17
    Originally posted by USArmyParatrooper
    Yeah but at least nobody believes that crap. What is it about GOP lies that stick so well?
    Add to it the fact they are conservative in nature and wish to reduce our deficits and are even remotely different than the democrats. The laughs never end, do they?
  8. 26 Dec '09 13:07
    Originally posted by sh76
    I nominate "The new healthcare plan will be deficit neutral" for second place.
    The new healthcare plan may actually reduce the deficit. There's progressive taxation in it. We'll have to wait and see, though.