PolitiFact was blasted yesterday for choosing “Republicans voted to kill Medicare” as the “Lie of the Year.” Dan Froomkin says he wrote to PolitiFact founder Bill Adair and urged him to “take it back quickly and explain the (probably self-inflicted) pressures you were under” when selecting the lie.
He’s drafted a letter to PolitiFact readers that he says Adair is free to edit and use. An excerpt:
When it came time to choose the winner, we convinced ourselves that it would be a statement of our independence to pick it over the one the readers chose: The repeated GOP insistence that the economic stimulus created “zero jobs.” (We should have listened to you.)
What we lost sight of, in this process of deciding what would reflect best on us, was that the Democratic claim wasn’t really a lie in the first place. Succumbing to our self-inflicted pressure to win credibility from both sides, we forgot that our mission is not to be perceived as credible, but to actually stand for the truth.