Politifact’s Lie of the Year 2011: “Republicans voted to end Medicare.” The perpetrators: the Democratic Party and such columnists as Paul Krugman. The judgment:
Just four days after the party-line vote [on the Paul Ryan House republican budget], the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a Web ad that said seniors will have to pay $12,500 more for health care “because Republicans voted to end Medicare.”
Rep. Steve Israel of New York, head of the DCCC, appeared on cable news shows and declared that Republicans voted to “terminate Medicare.” A Web video from the Agenda Project, a liberal group, said the plan would leave the country “without Medicare” and showed a Ryan look-alike pushing an old woman in a wheelchair off a cliff. And just last month, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a fundraising appeal that said: “House Republicans’ vote to end Medicare is a shameful act of betrayal.”
Objecting to the decision: Matt Yglesias and Ezra Klein. But did they object when Politifact declared the 2010 lie of the year was the Republican claim that ObamaCare was a “government takeover of health care”? Not that I can recall. Avik Roy provides the back story.