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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


Fox News mistakenly broadcasts image of Palin parody book: “Going Rouge: An American Nightmare”

This is an update to a previous blog I wrote on Nov. 17 entitled, “Palin’s book fact checked to be full of inaccuracies”

During a Fox News broadcast in November, the anchor broke a story, beginning:

“Let’s continue our debate about Sarah Palin’s book and why the Associated Press felt it was necessary to assign eleven fact checkers to comb through her book”

Why did the news anchor show disbelief towards the fact checking, as if to say “damn the AP for doing their job?” Accuracy is a main tenant of solid, informative journalism. And isn’t fact checking a core characteristic of quality journalism being that it is a vechile by which we are able to accomplish accuracy?

Is this screw-up indicative of Fox News’ dedication to preserving the power and trust in the printed word?

I find it very ironic that the anchor spiels disbelief about the AP fact checking and then the very next moment, the wrong image pops up on the screen and instead of that hearty blue “Going Rogue” cover, a black version with “Going Rouge: An American Nightmare” is sitting there, stark naked in front of America. It is almost laughable, but then again it isn’t.

Not to say that all news organizations haven’t made mistakes, but this is pretty major.

Come on Fox News, do you press the little “proofread” button before you begin the broadcast? How about Spell Check?

Something reeks of yellow journalism.

Palin’s book fact checked to be full of inaccuracies

Surprise surprise folks, Sarah Palin’s new book Going Rogue goes a little rogue in its accuracy.

Here are some I just had to point out. I cannot believe people actually take her seriously and that she could have been vice president.

From the Associated Press website (which, mind you, is non-partisan):

PALIN: Says she made frugality a point when traveling on state business as Alaska governor, asking “only” for reasonably priced rooms and not “often” going for the “high-end, robe-and-slippers” hotels.

THE FACTS: Although travel records indicate she usually opted for less-pricey hotels while governor, Palin and daughter Bristol stayed five days and four nights at the $707.29-per-night Essex House luxury hotel (robes and slippers come standard) overlooking New York City’s Central Park for a five-hour women’s leadership conference in October 2007. With air fare, the cost to Alaska was well over $3,000. Event organizers said Palin asked if she could bring her daughter. The governor billed her state more than $20,000 for her children’s travel, including to events where they had not been invited, and in some cases later amended expense reports to specify that they had been on official business.

So this next one just proves that she has no idea what she is talking about.

PALIN: Says Ronald Reagan faced an even worse recession than the one that appears to be ending now, and “showed us how to get out of one. If you want real job growth, cut capital gains taxes and slay the death tax once and for all.”

THE FACTS: The estate tax, which some call the death tax, was not repealed under Reagan and capital gains taxes are lower now than when Reagan was president.

Economists overwhelmingly say the current recession is far worse. The recession Reagan faced lasted for 16 months; this one is in its 23rd month. The recession of the early 1980s did not have a financial meltdown. Unemployment peaked at 10.8 percent, worse than the October 2009 high of 10.2 percent, but the jobless rate is still expected to climb.

And this one just kind of makes her seem like a crook.

PALIN: Boasts that she ran her campaign for governor on small donations, mostly from first-time givers, and turned back large checks from big donors if her campaign perceived a conflict of interest.

THE FACTS: Of the roughly $1.3 million she raised for her primary and general election campaigns for governor, more than half came from people and political action committees giving at least $500, according to an AP analysis of her campaign finance reports. The maximum that individual donors could give was $1,000; $2,000 for a PAC.

Of the rest, about $76,000 came from Republican Party committees.

-A real great read by Sarah Palin’s ghost writer.