Saturday, August 1, 2009

The L word

When Betsy McCaughey tells Fred Thompson

that mandatory counseling sessions with Medicare beneficiaries would "tell them how to end their life sooner" and would teach the elderly how to "decline nutrition . . . and cut your life short." [emphasis added]
Ceci Connolly knows McCaughey's lying, but Connolly will never stoop to baldly stating that truth to her readers.

How do I know Connolly knows? Paragraph 2:
The controversy stems from a proposal to pay physicians who counsel elderly or terminally ill patients about what medical interventions they would prefer near the end of life and how to prepare instructions such as living wills. Under the plan, Medicare would reimburse doctors for one session every five years to confer with a patient about his or her wishes and how to ensure those preferences are followed. The counseling sessions would be voluntary. [emphasis added]
Connolly prefers reporting the controversy to reporting the truth. She has a long disreputable history of doing this. It allows her to put the conservative propaganda into play without taking responsibility for it.

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