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TV Stations Dismiss PolitiFact’s ‘Lie Of The Year’ Argument

PolitiFact’s ‘Lie of the Year’ designation isn’t carrying water with T.V. executives since Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH) failed to convince WMUR and WHDH to yank a Progressive Change Campaign Committee advertisement that accused the Congressman of voting to end Medicare by supporting the Paul Ryan budget, Greg Sargent discovered yesterday. The fact-check organization named the oft-repeated claim as the biggest deception of 2011 and continues to stand by its decision, despite bipartisan criticism of the ruling. “Our lawyers looked at the ad and concluded it’s within the bounds of robust public debate,” Jeff Barlett, the general manager of WMUR, told Sargent. “If Charlie Bass and his supporters disagree with this, they’re free to create their own ad and tell their side of the story.”

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