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Washington Post stands by Politifact's 'Lie of the Year


Politifact.com upset many liberals and Democrats over its selection of "Lie of the Year" Tuesday. The site, owned by the St. Petersburg Times, said the claim made by Democrats that Republicans "voted to end Medicare" this year was false. The Washington Post's own fact checker is sticking with Politifact's choice and also selected it as one of "The Biggest Pinocchios of 2011":

We stand with our colleagues at Politifact and Factcheck.org on this one. As we noted at the time, “there’s certainly a worthwhile debate about whether the Medicare changes proposed by Ryan would help or hurt Medicare, and whether too much of a burden would be shifted to beneficiaries.” But that does not mean “killing” Medicare.

(Note: Some Democrats have pointed to a Wall Street Journal article as justification for the claim that the GOP would “end” Medicare, but that passage was referring to ending Medicare’s role in directly paying medical bills. The first paragraph of the article said Ryan’s plan would “transform the Medicare health program”--a phrasing that is not in dispute.)

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