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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 06/26/2012

Sarah Palin, in health-care Facebook messages, shows her media bona fides


Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks at a fund raiser at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colo., on Monday, May 2, 2011. The event raised money for a charity for families of fallen service members. (Ed Andrieski - AP)
Monday was big for Sarah Palin on Facebook. She posted a look-back to her famous August 2009 Facebook warning regarding the “death panels” that would allegedly result from President Obama’s health-care plan. Her updated thoughts on the matter yield several reasons why Palin has amassed all the qualifications to be a full-time, accredited member of the media she claims to so despise.

Qualification No. 1: No corrections — she stands by her story!

In 2009, Palin wrote that President Obama’s “bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’” whether certain individuals merit health care. Three years later, Palin states, “I stand by everything I wrote in that warning . . .

Qualification No. 2: She complains about context and thrust.

You hear it all the time from journalists under siege: They’re focusing on one line of my story. Read the whole thing! Palin delivers a comical variation on this classic. “It was a pretty long post, but a lot of people seem to have only read two words of it: ‘death panel.’ ” According to Microsoft Word, that “pretty long post” was all of 316 words.

Qualification No. 3: She is willing to make predictions, like any good pundit.

Regarding her death-panel comments Palin states: “[W]hat was true then is true now, and it will remain true as we hear what the Supreme Court has to say.” What confidence and certainty.

Qualification No. 4: She gets her facts straight.

In her new Facebook post, Palin writes that she was “called a liar for telling it like it is . . .” Indeed, the death-panel thing won PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year” distinction, as buttressed by the masses:

PolitiFact readers overwhelming chose Sarah Palin’s claim that the health care bill contains “death panels“ as Lie of the Year. A resounding 61 percent of our 4,864 voters picked death panels as the top lie. No other finalist in the field of eight statements came close.

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Tags:  sarah palin, death panels, facebook, president obama, obamacare, predictions

 
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