Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire

May 15, 2009 12:11 pm ET — Melinda Warner

Rick Scott, his new group Conservatives for Patients Rights (CPR), and their dirty politics PR team have falsely stated that Comcast pulled a Health Care for America Now (HCAN) ad off the air.

Mr. Scott, Please Define "Misleading"

On May 15, 2009, Rick Scott's Conservatives for Patients Rights tweeted the following: 

"Comcast Orders Misleading HCAN Ad About Rick Scott Off the Air

The tweet linked to the following post on CPR's website:

Comcast Orders Misleading HCAN Ad About Rick Scott Off the Air

By CPR Staff on May 14, 2009 7:43 PM  

After reviewing ads produced by Health Care for America Now that attack CPR Chairman Rick Scott personally, Comcast has determined that they are indeed misleading and have been pulled off the air.
"Supporters of government-run health care were taught a lesson today - they can try to change the subject, but they can't lie to change the subject.  Their misleading ads against me were a desperate attempt to change the subject.  They don't want to debate the substance of what we want in health care reform - choice, competition, accountability and personal responsibility - versus their goal which is a government-run health care system where bureaucrats, not patients make the decisions.  We'll continue our fight to put patients and patients' rights first and bring true competition to lower costs," Scott stated.
Now that Comcast has put an end to HCAN's misleading personal attack ad, it is time for the proponents of government-run healthcare to stop misleading the American people about the pitfalls of a government takeover, including fewer choices and longer waits for patients.

HOWEVER, the ad was NOT pulled off the air by Comcast.

According to Comcast Corporate Communications employee, Sena Fitzmaurice:

"To clarify - Comcast has not pulled any ads produced by Healthcare for America Now (HCAN) off our systems.  The media buy for the ad in question expired on May 13.  Comcast has asked HCAN to include a clarification in future versions of the ad."

The HCAN ad referenced in the tweet and on CPR's website is an ad titled "Shady" that exposes the fraudulent practices of Rick Scott's former hospital company.  CPR calls the ad "misleading," but the ad is based on reputable news sources and includes many of the same facts found by Media Matters Action Network about Scott's experience with defrauding the American people.

If Conservatives for Patients Rights and Rick Scott are serious about wanting significant health care reform that best serves the needs of Americans, they should to stop lying through their teeth and take their own advice: "stop misleading the American people."

**Update: Jason Linkins at Huffington Post, Ben Smith at Politico, and Igor Volsky at Wonk Room have all reported that Comcast did not pull the ad for "misleading" content.