Politifact = separating fact from bullshit
November 1, 2007 8:34 AM Subscribe
posted by taumeson (15 comments total)
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is brought to you by the St. Pete Times
and the Congressional Quarterly (excellent domain name, btw!)
to help you sift through all the bullshit that comes out of politicians' mouths.
For example, Rudy Guiliani had the gall to say:
“I had prostate cancer, five, six years ago. My chance of surviving prostate cancer, and thank God I was cured of it, in the United States, 82%. My chances of surviving prostate cancer in England, only 44% under socialized medicine.”
and Politifact points out
"According to the National Cancer Institute, the five-year survival rate in the U.S. actually is above 99 percent. In the United Kingdom, it’s nearly 75 percent, according to their Office for National Statistics...Giuliani’s campaign defends the numbers it used from City Journal, a quarterly magazine funded by the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank in New York."
"A more accurate comparison would be to look at mortality rates, said prostate cancer epidemiologist Lorelei Mucci, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. In the U.S., about 15.8 of every 100,000 men die of prostate cancer, while in the U.K., the figure is 17.9 deaths...“They’re essentially quite similar,” she said."