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PolitiFact chooses Palin death panel comment for ‘Lie of the Year’


St. Petersburg

In a recent poll, Politifact, the fact-checking website for the St. Petersburg Times, has dubbed Sarah Palin’s claim about “death panels” as Lie of the Year.

If you’re unfamiliar with Politifact, it is a fact checking site associated with the St. Petersburg Times that takes comments made by politicians from around the country and fact checks the truth of the comment.

St Petersburg Times:

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 list of runner-ups in the Lie of the Year poll can be found at Politifact.com

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