Monday, November 16, 2009

Check Palin Facts: A New Industry?

Checking Sarah Palin's facts as presented in and outside of her recently published book, "Going Rogue" is quickly becoming an industry.

We're happy to participate.

But at the same time, so too should checking facts of the 'We're all global warmers now' crowd.

We're happy to participate.

And we're happy to participate on many other issues concerning fact checking of facts no matter which political party or what political philosophy.

Norah O'Donnell said on Morning Joe that Sarah Palin's facts need to be checked.

Unfortunately O'Donnell didn't say the same of the recent release of what's likely to be a little-reviewed book over at Morning Joe or among any of the guests the program interviews.

Clean Energy Common Sense.

Now that O'Donnell is hot on the trail of debunking many of Sarah Palin's facts, as not accurate, O'Donnell should pick up on fact checking of the Clean Energy Common Sense book.

then and only then will she have the credibility to criticize Palin, even though criticism of Palin is in our estimation, as well-deserved as anyone else who puts themselves in the public eye.

Her comment on Morning Joe highlighted what a later guest tagged as Sarah Palin's hypocricy on the issue of what Palin describes as "death panels" when she speaks about the Democrat (Barack Obama's) Health Care plan regarding end-of-life counseling of senior citizens.

From our standpoint, as we've posted before, we don't think the federal government should be involved in any health care mandate period. (No government at any level should) The bill with its mandate on individuals to purchase an insurance plan or else face fines is unconstitutional.

Palin among conservatives tagging Health Care Bill contains language nothing short of "death panels."

End-of-life counseling remains in health bill
Provision was dubbed 'death panels' by some conservatives

Later in the program, Katrina Vanden Houvel's pronoucement - Palin supported 'end of life' counseling - prompted our own fact-checking even though we believe the government should butt out of our private affairs, period.

Tracking publication of Going Rouge...

Here's what we found.

(Quotes on video)

Palin Backed End-of-Life Counseling As Alaska Governor
By Jason Leopold
The Public Record
Aug 13th, 2009

ThinkProgress dug into the Alaska state archives and pulled out this gem that clearly shows Palin to be a hypocrite of the highest order:

In recent weeks, right-wing groups have been pushing the myth that health care reform will somehow kill seniors. One of the most high profile voices pushing this lie has been Sarah Palin, who claimed President Obama will institute bureaucratic “death panels.” Today, again on her Facebook page, she continued the attack.

However, on April 16th 2008, then Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed some of the same end of life counseling she now decries as a form of euthanasia. In a proclamation announcing “Healthcare Decisions Day,” Palin urged public facilities to provide better information about advance directives, and made it clear that it is critical for seniors to be informed of such options:

The link to the resource that's supposed to provide documentation of Palin's Proclamation is inactive.

In the comments section the Admin provided a link to the dated Proclamation signed by Sarah Palin.

WHEREAS, as a result of April 16, 2008, being recognized as Healthcare Decisions Day in Alaska, more citizens will have conversations about their healthcare decisions; more citizens will execute advance directives to make their wishes known; and fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sarah Palin, Governor of the state of Alaska, do hereby proclaim April 16, 2008, as:

Healthcare Decisions Day in Alaska, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

Dated: April 16, 2008

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Another poster to that site included further information

Steve Roberts says:
August 17, 2009 at 4:25 pm May I add, that this entire controversy arose from an amendment added to the Senate version of the health care reform bill. That amendment was introduced by Republican Senator Johnny Isakson.

So for anyone, particularily ex-Gov. Palin, to refer to “Obama Death Panels” is political posturing of the worst kind – the kind that doesn’t even make any sense.

Senator Isakson rebuttal

Think Progress

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