Kirsten Powers Fesses Up; The Hill and Politico Silent on Truth about Bush Veto Override

posted at 3:15 pm on January 2, 2011 by SueZeeQ

The other day I pointed out that Fox News analyst Kirsten Powers should really fact check any talking point coming from the White House and held her responsible (fair is fair) for her own ignorance of the end-of-life provision that she debated on Hannity.

To review, Powers said that President George W. Bush’s veto of the bill that included the end-of-life provision was “not true.”  I reported at Big Government, Big Journalism, and HotAir that Bush vetoed that bill which Powers, the MSM, and lefty bloggers tried to use as cover for the end-of-life provisions in the newly revamped wellness visits paid for by Medicare.

Nevertheless, that didn’t stop the left and MSM from continuing to use that false talking point given to them by the Obama administration as seen in The Hill’s piece:

However, an administration spokesman said the regulation, which is less specific than the reform law’s draft language, is actually a continuation of a policy enacted under former President George W. Bush.

Ironically, the administration attempted to use Bush as cover, when, in fact the policy was enacted by means of a congressional veto override.  And that brings us back to our beloved Kirsten Powers and her latest.  After 4 days of knowing the truth about the veto, Powers took my advice and tweeted:

Powers cites the WSJ as her source, which did correct the story as I noted in my original post.  And I do hope that’s the case, because so many news outlets had the same narrative/talking point–which also could mean that they all got the same memo.

Additionally, The Hill and the Politico have not corrected their stories.  The Politico actually goes out of its way to further advance the bogus blame by interviewing Richard Sorian, assistant secretary of Public Affairs for HHS and allows him to spew more propaganda elaborate:

Sorian also clarified that it was the Bush administration that first implemented regulations regarding end-of-life counseling. The wellness visit began as a “Welcome to Medicare” exam, which was created by the Republican-led Congress in the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. In 2008, when Democrats held the majority, Congress passed the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act, which modified the exam to include end-of-life planning. The Bush administration first implemented regulations that included the end-of life planning as part of the wellness visit created in MIPPA.

B-,b-,b- but it was Bush.  Not.  It was a congressional veto override that enacted that law.  Period.  And I’m sure that Sorian knows that.  They all do.  Now, where do we go from here.  I’ll tell you.  If Kirsten Powers can issue an apology on Twitter, I’m sure the Politico and Jason Millman of The Hill can too.  So, we will wait a few more days.

Crossposted at Big Journalism.

Update (Ed): I promoted this post today to make sure we noted for the record on the main blog that KP acknowledged her error.

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tweet is very lame

Wade on January 3, 2011 at 8:54 AM

KP is one of the more decent Statists out there. Now Olbergoebbels on the other hand, when he gets busted with total propaganda,(by the way, busts him everyday as well as off to a bath to cool off his burnt up reptilian skin. Shows up two days later like nothing happened. He’s like Winston Smith’s boss or something. Down the Memory Hole. IngSoc forever!!!!

adamsmith on January 3, 2011 at 9:03 AM

Good for KP.

ladyingray on January 3, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Doesn’t change the fact that she’s an Obama-fellating whore.
Correction: slut…she gives it away.

Extrafishy on January 3, 2011 at 9:52 AM

She needs to go on Hannity and acknowledge her ‘error’. How many Hannity viewers does she think follow her on Twitter? She knows not many. This was a poor ‘apology’. Lately, she seems to have lost a lot of credibility and class. Disappointing…

pannw on January 3, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Kirsten has been a weak link for the dems and this latest fabrication and talking points, by all concerned, proves that. Her retraction via Twitter is also lame!

tomshup on January 3, 2011 at 3:25 PM

I abhor this woman’s politics but I wish Mr. Hannity were a little more patient with her. Some nights he completely loses it.

I called her a doctrinaire lightweight some months ago but I have seen some good performances from her since.

IlikedAUH2O on January 3, 2011 at 4:25 PM

When lies become news then the MSM should not exist. Do you know the difference between journalism and prostitution? I didn’t think so.

volsense on January 3, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Tweets are what you do when you don’t have enough guts to blog.

landlines on January 3, 2011 at 11:04 PM

I may not agree with KP on everything but I do still adore her as an intellectually honest journalist and commentator.

I <3 KP

One Angry Christian on January 4, 2011 at 7:25 PM

I come from Alaska. She is evil.

proconstitution on January 5, 2011 at 9:27 PM