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Paul Krugman: “PolitiFact, R.I.P.”

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I couldn’t agree more with Paul Krugman on this.

This is really awful. Politifact, which is supposed to police false claims in politics, has announced its Lie of the Year – and it’s a statement that happens to be true, the claim that Republicans have voted to end Medicare.

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The answer is, of course, obvious: 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.

Way to go, guys.

I guess we might as well start calling it PolitiLie, PolitiCowards, or PolitiFAIL. Or all of the above. PoliticPathetic!

  • glennbear

    When the RTD started running a Politfact column knowing how rightward leaning the paper was I was quite skeptical. Now I am even more so. The golf cart analogy in the linked article is just so perfect.

  • Paba

    It was voted on by readers, apparently, and it’s gotten play in the conservative media. He sent some listserv notices getting activists to go vote for it, too.

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/wei