If PolitiFact’s bias wasn’t glaring enough in its almost invariably left-leaning ratings, the supposedly nonpartisan organization’s list of 2013 Lie of the Year Finalists exposes the site for exactly what it is: a propaganda arm of the Democratic party that feebly attempts to masquerade as a nonpartisan fact-checker.
Out of the 10 lies listed, 8 of them are right-leaning statements, either straight from the mouths of Republicans or from conservative or anti-Obamacare sources. The hands-down obvious winner for 2013—the president’s shamelessly dishonest promise, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan”—at least makes the list, but only in a modified form, and buried in the middle.
Incredibly, PolitiFact pulls a bait-and-switch in the explanation and offers Obama’s follow-up stinker: “What we said was, you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed”—which even PolitiFact couldn’t figure out a way to excuse.
As to the original lie - perhaps the biggest lie ever palmed off on the American people by a sitting president which has already negatively impacted millions, and will impact millions more in the coming years - PolitiFact inexplicably rated it “Half True.”
Even after Obamacare rollout reality exposed it for the falsehood it was, the fact-checker doubled down on their half-true pronouncement. So PolitiFact side-steps the real lie, then tries to bury it in the middle of the list, hoping no one will notice.
As for the other finalists for Lie of the Year, all but one are from conservatives or anti-Obamacare sources—and most of them were not even widespread or taken seriously, and certainly none as impactful as Obama’s keep-your-plan con.
The first listed, of course, comes from Ted Cruz. One problem with this finalist: it’s hard to label it a lie. Cruz claimed “Congress is exempt from the health care law.” This might not be true on a technical level, but it is true on a real-world, practical level because of the subsidy provided to Congress that is not provided to the rest of the population. That’s an exemption in real terms, a special deal with Congress that exempts them from paying what the rest of would pay. But, predictably, PolitiFact had to figure out some way to get Cruz on there, and put him up front...
Here’s the simplified list with sources (along with PolitiFact's bait-and-switch blurb on Obama's keep-your-plan lie):
Congress is exempt from the health care law. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
Obamacare will question your sex life. Betsy McCaughey, op-ed for the New York Post.
The FISA Court is transparent. President Barack Obama.
The United Nations is coming for your guns. Chain emails.
If you like your health care, you can keep it. Obama repeatedly made this claim in previous years; back then we rated it Half True. When people got cancellation notices in the individual market this year, Obama claimed, "What we said was, you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed." That got a Pants on Fire.
No U.S.-trained doctors will accept Obamacare. Ann Coulter.
The United States doesn’t tolerate genocide. U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.
The IRS will keep a database of health secrets. Michele Bachmann.
Obamacare means forced home inspections. Bloggers.
Muslims are exempt from Obamacare. Chain email.