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PolitiFact cited in Daily Show satire of Jon Kyl's misinformation about Planned Parenthood



jon-stewart-jon-kyl-large.jpgWhy can't politicians just admit when they're wrong?

Take GOP Sen. Jon Kyl. When he said "well over" 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood did was to provide abortions, he was only off by about 87 percent. Which the St Pete Times' own PolitiFact noted last Friday, rating his claim False.

But rather than just admit he was wrong, Kyl's office released a statement to CNN essentially saying that a figure he cited on the floor of the U.S. Senate was never actually intended to be factual.

As PolitiFact noted: "CNN anchor T.J. Holmes told viewers that the network had received a statement from Kyl’s office saying that the senator’s remark 'was not intended to be a factual statement but rather to illustrate that Planned Parenthood, an organization that receives millions in taxpayer dollars, does subsidize abortions.'"

So when the Daily Show decided to lampoon his wildly overstated nonsense, they used a clip of PolitiFact editor Bill Adair repeating the 3 percent figure, a total admittedly supplied by Planned Parenthood itself.

Beyond the enjoyment of seeing a colleague on the coolest comedy show ever, I liked watching PolitiFact's fact-checking work dismantle a false meme in the making -- that most of Planned Parenthood's work involves providing abortion services.

Check it out below; beneath the Daily Show, is Stephen Colbert's even funnier gag:

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 1:41pm]


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