Saturday, November 03, 2007
“My chance of surviving prostate cancer — and thank God I was cured of it — in the United States? Eighty-two percent,” says Rudy Giuliani in a new radio ad attacking Democratic plans for universal health care. “My chances of surviving prostate cancer in England? Only 44 percent, under socialized medicine.”
It would be a stunning comparison if it were true. But it isn’t. And thereby hangs a tale — one of scare tactics, of the character of a man who would be president and, I’m sorry to say, about what’s wrong with political news coverage.
Let’s start with the facts: Mr. Giuliani’s claim is wrong on multiple levels — bogus numbers wrapped in an invalid comparison embedded in a smear.
Mr. Giuliani got his numbers from a recent article in City Journal, a publication of the conservative Manhattan Institute. The author gave no source for his numbers on five-year survival rates — the probability that someone diagnosed with prostate cancer would still be alive five years after the diagnosis. And they’re just wrong.
Who can possibly take Mr. 9/11 seriously? He is off the chart onto the wall and out the window. Of course the rest of the line up is a matter of degrees to and away from weirdness. Remember the evolution question? Politicians know far more than scientists, everyone knows that.
So the utter brute force blast of BS from the right is sure to save the world and continue the looney parade for the rich and too powerful that will save us from ourselves and clean our pockets at the same time.
Hows that for efficient?