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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
WND Repeats False Smear of Krugman
Topic: WorldNetDaily

A March 30 WorldNetDaily article by Bob Unruh asserts: "Liberal economic commentator Paul Krugman says the so-called 'death panels' established by President Obama's trillion dollar nationalized health-care plan will end up saving 'a lot of money' for the government."

Unruh is lying.

Unruh writes that Krugman made his statement on ABC's "This Week" after "[a]nother panelist interjected, 'Death panels would save money.'" Unruh curiously doesn't identify who it is -- the show's guest host, Jake Tapper. It's also clear from the video accompanying Unruh's article that Tapper is making that remark in a tongue-in-cheek manner, since it drew laughs from the rest of the panel -- something Unruh fails to note.

At no point does Krugman concede that the advisory panels set up by the health care reform bill are "death panels," and as Media Matters points out, Krugman has repeatedly denounced such a claim as "lies" and a "complete fabrication."

We'd demand a correction, but WND apparently has a standing policy not to correct falsehoods it publishes about people and organizations whose ideology the oppose unless they sue WND first, and even then there will likely be a long, drawn-out, expensive legal battle before WND concedes its error and publishes the correction.

Posted by Terry K. at 8:20 AM EDT

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