Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Palin WSJ Op-Ed: Death Panels Are Truthy

Posted by on Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 1:47 PM

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I can't tell if Sarah Palin is tacitly admitting that the death panel myth she helped propagate is completely farcical, or if she's still peddling it in an op-ed posted yesterday evening in the WSJ.

"...is it any wonder that many of the sick and elderly are concerned that the Democrats' proposals will ultimately lead to rationing of their health by -- dare I say it -- death panels? Establishment voices dismissed that phrase, but it rang true for many Americans."

If the sick and elderly are concerned, it's only because Palin and the GOP are spreading such disinformation. Secondly, what does she mean when she says rang true? Are we talking about Steven Colbert's truthiness? Are we talking about the emotional truth in memoir -- the oddly vivid recreation of long-forgotten and half-remembered events, which have the scent of truth even if the details themselves are mostly the product of the memoirist's often self-serving memory?

Is that the kind of true Palin is talking about? Opinion pieces by idiots are fine, but doesn't the WSJ bear at least some responsibility when it comes to reprinting lies that have been debunked repeatedly?

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