On Tuesday, Adair announced the group’s “Lie of the Year“: a claim by some Democrats and liberals about a House Republican plan to change Medicare.
One version of the claim came from U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: “Instead of improving Medicare, they would end Medicare as we know it.”
Liberals reacted in anger against PolitiFact, including writers from Talking Points Memo and Slate, as well as New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, who wrote a blog post titled “Politifact, R.I.P.” MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow also criticized the announcement Tuesday night.
“The self-proclaimed but quickly-becoming-irrelevant website PolitiFact declared the idea that Republicans voted to end Medicare their ‘Lie of the Year’ for 2011,” she said.
She argued PolitiFact had its own facts wrong.
“But make no mistake — what the Republicans have proposed is actually ending Medicare,” Maddow said.