Bill Adair of Politifact Stands by His Claim That the Wall Street Journal's Naftali BenDavid Is This Year's Biggest Liar
Naftali BenDavid, April 4, 2011:
GOP Budget Aim: Cut $4 Trillion From Spending: Republicans will present this week a 2012 budget proposal that would cut more than $4 trillion from federal spending projected over the next decade and transform the Medicare health program for the elderly…. The plan would essentially end Medicare, which now pays most of the health-care bills for 48 million elderly and disabled Americans, as a program that directly pays those bills…. Mr. Ryan's proposal would apply to those currently under the age of 55, and for those Americans would convert Medicare into a "premium support" system…
Bill Adair, today:
PolitiFact | Fact-checking in the Echo Chamber Nation: We gave our Lie of the Year to the Democrats' claim that the Republicans "voted to end Medicare." That set off a firestorm in the liberal blogosphere, with many saying that claim was not actually wrong. We've received about 1,500 e-mails about our choice and only a few agreed with us…. We've read the critiques and see nothing that changes our findings. We stand by our story and our conclusion that the claim was the most significant falsehood of 2011. We made no judgments on the merits of the Ryan plan; we just said that the characterization by the Democrats was false….
Jim Newell in Gawker… ignored the fact that our fact-checks are based on hours of journalistic research and portrayed them as the work of rogue bloggers with a gimmicky meter…
"Hours" of "journalistic research"?
Why oh why can't we have a better press corps?