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MEDIA BIAS, REVISITED: PolitiFact Texas’s “Pants on Fire” to the statement that Obamacare covers abortions

Obama lied? Babies died?

Thursday’s Glenn Beck show nailed President Obama on his healthcare lie. Obama said that those who said that Obamacare would pay for abortions were “bearing false witness.” There’s no way Obamacare would cover abortions! Not gonna happen! I’m President Obama, and you can take that statement to the bank and cash it!

On April 15th, I wrote here PolitiFact Texas liberal bias revisited (FAIL). My Texas Congressman John Carter had received a “Pants on Fire” designation for saying this:

“The bill also provides full federal funding for abortions…”
John Carter on Sunday, March 21st, 2010 in a press release

Here’s an abortion statement from PolitiFact (the national one, from St. Petersburg, FL) that it rated “True”:

“There will be no public funding for abortion in this legislation.”
Bart Stupak on Sunday, March 21st, 2010 in a news conference

Here’s PolitiFact Texas on Congressman John Carter’s statement:

Last week, PolitiFact.com rated as True a House member’s statement [Stupak's--B.P.] that the new law doesn’t provide for publicly funded abortions.

All told, this review leaves us agape at Carter’s overreach. That is, the law does not provide full federal funding of abortions–and that’s clear.

Carter could have edited his blast. Instead, he makes an unsupported ridiculous claim.

We rate his statement as Pants on Fire.

From Fox News:

Anti-Abortion Groups Slam Administration Over Federal Funding for Pa. Health Plan
Published July 14, 2010
FoxNews.com
Anti-abortion groups are claiming that millions of federal dollars are about to go into a Pennsylvania health care plan that would cover abortion, contrary to lawmakers’ pledge to erect a virtual wall between such coverage and taxpayer funds.

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department announced at the end of June that the federal government had approved $160 million to set up a high-risk insurance plan for thousands of Pennsylvania residents with pre-existing conditions. Though the announcement made no reference to abortion and the policy itself says “elective abortions” are not covered, the National Right to Life Committee claimed it would cover abortions in almost every circumstance.

“What their plan actually does is say if it’s legal, it’s covered,” said NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson. “Abortion ends up being covered if it’s not explicitly excluded.”

As Gomer Pyle might say, “Surprise, surprise, surprise!” As a character in the film Casablanca might say, “I’m shocked–SHOCKED!–that Obamacare covers abortions.”

The e-mail addresses are:

truthometer@politifact.com
politifact@statesman.com

I’m sending PolitiFact this Red State message and I ask that it rethink Congressman Bart Stupak’s ‘True” statement and Congressman John Carter’s “Pants on Fire” statement about federally funded abortions.

I’ll let you know if there’s any reply (or ratings change).

For what it’s worth, Ace of Spades HQ readers might recall this criticism on PolitiFact on July 13:

Promises, Promises
I’m not trying to suggest that PolitiFact is wrong in their ‘barely true’ analysis of George Will, but…

And this:

I Promise Project I Will Not Let This Go
Let me tell you why PolitiFact did this — why it claimed some kind of ambiguity.

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