washingtonmonthly.com — The fact-checking website PolitiFact has announced its “Lie of the Year” for 2011: "Republicans voted to end Medicare" It made a poor, credibility-killing choice. This is simply indefensible. Claims that are factually true shouldn’t be eligible for a Lie of the Year designation. It seems foolish to have to parse the meaning of the word “end,” but if there’s a program, and it’s replaced with a different program, proponents brought an end to the original program. That’s what the verb means. Imagine someone owns a Ferrari. It’s expensive and drives beautifully, and the owner desperately wants to keep it intact. Now imagine I took the car away, removed the metallic badge off the trunk that says “Ferrari,” stuck it on a golf cart, and handed the owner the keys. By PolitiFact’s reasoning, I haven’t actually replaced the car — and if you disagree, you’re a pants-on-fire liar.
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