Idiot's Business Daily

This Investor's Business Daily article goes beyond both simple stupidity and the mere mendacity of Palin and her pals in making an assertion that is diametrically opposed to the truth. Not only does IBD repeat Betsy McCaughey's end-of-life counseling hoax, they also manufactured a really bad example of healthcare rationing:

People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn't have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.

A big h/t to quarkscrew, who nails IBD better than anyone else I've read:

Stephen Hawking has of course been taken care of by the British National Health Service his entire life, including over 50 years of treatment for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, which has a mean survival rate in the US of about 5 years. At 67, he is the longest surviving ALS patient in the world, and gives every indication of being good for several more productive years.

With fact checking like that, I don't recommend following investment advice from these people.

update (8/11 @ 2:53pm):
Rather than admitting an error, the IBD editors have removed any reference to Hawking from the op-ed. This note now appears atop the page:

Editor's Note: This version corrects the original editorial which implied that physicist Stephen Hawking, a professor at the University of Cambridge, did not live in the UK.


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