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Joseph Nobles

Politifact quoted someone from AEI in the original Lie of the Year article. Letting an openly partisan spokesperson weigh in on their "objective" Lie of the Year choice is just absurd.

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I'm reminded of a question that Mark Twain once posed.

If you call a tail, a leg, how many legs does a normal dog have?

The answer, of course, is four because calling a tail a leg doesn't make it one. The same thing applies to Politifact. Calling Ryan's voucher program Medicare doesn't make it Medicare.

It's like if I sold Adair a thoroughbred name Ginger for $10,000 and delivered a Shetland pony named Ginger, I'm sure he would argue that they aren't the same thing. But there is closer relationship between those two Gingers than there is between real Medicare and Ryan's program.

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While I appreciate the concept of fact-checking, I am thoroughly disappointed in PolitiFact's execution. The editorial staff seems to be taking a page from Faux Noise in the way they are presenting "factoids" which serve no purpose other than to mislead. Aside from being dead wrong on some ratings (Medicare lie of the year) they also make ratings on irrelevant statements. Georgia house rep Greg Morris gets a "True" rating for saying "You can buy lobster with food stamps." So? Without the context to reveal exactly what point he is trying to make, what should we conclude? When a fact is used to imply something misleading, should that not be considered in a rating?

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