This week, readers sent us comments on Dr. Koop’s health care ad, FactCheck merchandising, and word choice in articles and letters. In the FactCheck Mailbag, we feature some of the e-mail we receive.
Readers can send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters may be edited for length.
Koop’s Health Care Ad
Thank you for another valuable exposé ["Koop’s False Claims," Feb. 1]. I wonder if Dr. Koop just doesn’t care about his good name or what … maybe he thinks it’s worth giving up for a cause he likes.
You report his comment.
You admit the ruling does nothing to the current law forbidding the very thing President Obama said would not happen.
Then you say, "Well, he only said ‘I believe’ so it was just an opinion."
The law prohibited such action before the ruling — the law was not changed, so it still prohibits what the president claimed could now happen. To say that something could now happen when it was not touched by a ruling is simply false and to call it anything else is bias reporting on your part.
Do better — we need it.
After reading your article "exposing" the lies regarding the health care package, I am seeing you as not so very objective ["False Euthanasia Claims," July 29]. There is plenty of reason to worry about the rules stipulating Medicare-paid conferences with the elderly regarding "end of life decisions." Any entity that is holding the bucks regarding medical treatment has no business vested in the conference. You are very naive to think this proposal is benign. It implies an agenda on your part.
Front Royal, Va.
You provide an important service!
Des Moines, Iowa
I made a "window sticker" for my car (taped to the inside). It says "Just because it’s on the ‘news,’ it doesn’t mean it’s true. factcheck.org."
I wish you had a professional one made up to sell on your site. Also, love to see you have a group of factcheckers behind the scenes of some of these (for instance) Sunday programs with feeds to the moderators. The viewers would know that you are helping facilitate. These moderators often know less than I do, very sad.
Keep up the excellent work.
You’re showing this quote from the "FactCheck Mailbag, Week of Jan. 19-Jan. 25" section all over your site:
"I am disgusted, dispirited and, frankly, concerned for our democracy."
Yet, in your response to that email, you don’t point out that the United States is a republic, not a democracy.