At the Republican debate on Monday, there was an exchange in which Wolf Blitzer asked Ron Paul whether society should let uninsured people die. Yahoo News reported that the audience cheered the idea of letting them die. Paul Krugman piled on, writing:
The incident highlighted something that I don’t think most political commentators have fully absorbed: at this point, American politics is fundamentally about different moral visions.
One difference between the moral visions, apparently, is that the left feels justified in making stuff up. To wit: the report that the audience cheered letting uninsured people die is a complete lie.
Play the video if you don’t believe me. After Blitzer asks the question, a small number of people (about three) yell yes. Then Paul gives the exact right answer, which is there is a difference between society and government. No, society should not let the uninsured die, and Paul explained that when he was practicing medicine, they never turned anyone away. And that is what the audience cheered.
In short, the truth is the exact opposite of what Yahoo and Krugman said.