Medicare for All Fact Check From Hell Persists as Sanders Rebukes CNN for Putting ‘Blind Faith’ in Right-Wing Economist
“It is incredible how similar this is to the media’s performance on Iraq. 1. Rely on charlatans and get everything wrong. 2. Justify your performance by pointing out that everyone else also relied on charlatans.”
After CNN posted a slightly corrected version of its falsehood-riddled Medicare for All fact check on Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) thanked network anchor Jake Tapper for admitting that his earlier video “was not factual,” but added that the updated version is still full of “errors peddled by the Koch-funded Mercatus Center.”
Pointing to the table in the Mercatus Center analysis that shows Medicare for All would save the American people $2 trillion over ten years—while also providing healthcare for everyone—Sanders accused CNN and other corporate media outlets of putting “blind faith” in Chuck Blahous, the right-wing author of the Mercatus study who deceptively insists that his numbers are being taken out of context.
“What Tapper and others have done is say we’re wrong because Blahous didn’t actually intend to find that Medicare for All would be a great deal for Americans,” Sanders noted in a series of tweets. “The problem is: Blahous did find it would save $2 trillion—he just doesn’t like that people are celebrating it.”