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article imageOp-Ed: PolitiFact and the low point of liberal appeasement

By Stan Rezaee     Dec 22, 2011 in Politics
In the midst of all the political bickering that has been the center of attention in 2011, House Republicans have touched almost every third rail in national politics.
In theory, touching the third rail means the kiss of death for ones political career.
But thanks to PolitiFacts desire to be non-partisan by appeasing right-wing politics; Paul Ryan (R-WI) along with every House Republican who endorsed the Medicare “reform” just got a free pass.
Had the Ryan Plan passed; it would have replaced the government finance of health care for seniors with a voucher program that would allow receipts to purchase their own health insurance by 2022. While the Ryan Plan passed in the House; it was killed in the Senate a month later.
The Ryan Plan was criticized as a sham to “privatize or dismantle Medicare” by Democratic politicians, the AARP, and social activists. One of the most outspoken critics was Paul Krugman (economist and Nobel Prize laureate) who stated in his New York Times column, “The only way the Ryan Plan could save money would be by making those vouchers too small to pay for adequate coverage.”
Yet despite heavy criticism of the Ryan Plan that has been backed with analytic studies and facts; PolitiFacts named 'Republicans voted to end Medicare' as Lie of the Year for 2011. Sorry but for something to be a lie it has to be an inaccurate statement with deliberate intent to deceive.
Sadly this has been nothing more but a pathetic attempt to appease conservative critics who constantly like to toss the phrase “liberal bias”. As Krugman stated in his last column, “The people at PolitiFact are terrified of being considered partisan if they acknowledge the clear fact that there’s a lot more lying on one side of the political divide than on the other. So they’ve bent over backwards to appear“balanced.”
Its all true; right-wing activists are the same people who are questioning President Obama’s citizenship, promising job creation by killing jobs, and blaming social servants for the bankrupting our economy. Regardless of the decision; the right-wing pundits will continue to smear PolitiFact as having a “liberal bias”.
PolitiFact should have followed the example of Project Censored, an independent media watchdog often accused of having a liberal bias despite its criticism of President Obama.
But this is just part of a bigger problem regarding cowardice liberals that has plagued political progression. When it comes to standing up for principles, liberals tend to come out as appeasers – but they like to call it a need to be the “better person” or some bull**** passed as logic.
The political climate has been dominated with several “ticking time bomb” scenarios with the President Obama and the Democrats whiling to appease the needs of House Republicans to avoid a political catastrophe. All PolitiFact has done is contribute to a need of satisfying the extremists on the right.
By having the need to appease right-wing pundits and activists; the only thing PolitiFact has done is destroy their own credibility as a reliable fact-checking source. In the end nothing will change in Washington if liberals continue to appease right-wing smear.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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