Fox News is, predictably, thrilled that President Obama’s “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it” has been named PolitiFact’s Lie of The Year today. Think that will put a dent in their “the liberal media is in the tank for Obama?” meme? Nah, me neither.
PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year was the top story on The Kelly File tonight. Substitute host Martha MacCallum noted that PolitiFact has been choosing a Lie of the Year since 2009. But she forgot to mention that the first winner was none other than Sarah Palin's "death panels." That didn’t stop Fox News from hiring her as a contributor. Twice. In fact, Fox worked to rehab the lie.
Yet MacCallum said that the “ramifications for this president are very large” as a result. “This is something that is gonna be hanging, you know, on him for some time.” She also “wondered” if this was a “read my lips, no new taxes” moment.
Surely, they’re hoping it will be so.
Not surprisingly, it's the top story on Fox Nation:
It seems that a certain moron stood in a flightsuit declaring ‘Mission Accomplished’ a few years back, and Fox didn’t complain then. Nor did they mourn all those that died needlessly because of the lies of that Republican administration.
Like Aria says…Fuck these people.
It is rather intriguing though that PolitiFact’s own explanation notes that there’s less of a deliberate effort to willfully lie on Obama’s part and more on the problem with the whole soundbite culture: “Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved treacherous, even for its promoter-in-chief.”
*I’m not really sure why the far-right thinks Obama will try to prevent a Presidential election but they’re not overly concerned about his cancelling any other elections. Nor does it make sense for GOP state legislatures and governors to go out of their way to make it harder to vote if we’re going to see Dictator Obama emerge in the next few years.