It is easy to report lies. There is considerably less research done and you get people to agree with you either way. The best part is that lying cements their view in those who accept their word as truth.
People who believe in "death panels" will not suddenly wake up and realize they do not exist. People have faith in these claims, and like religion, require no evidence to support their beliefs. Michael Steele said it best, when asked by Sean Hannity if the VA manual given to veterans in a hospital equates to being a death panel. Steele's response was "in my view, it very well could be." It may not be a death panel (because there is none), so his mind rationalizes the VA document as a substitute for the traditional definition of what a death panel may be. For those who want to believe in a death panel, they will find some wording within the legislation, or if they cannot find it there, they will seek alternative sources until that void is filled.
There is a failure to recognize that these so-called death panels in the form of VA pamphlets were distributed during the Bush administration, and that to claim these to be death panels would establish the reality that it was a Republican administration that set up these panels. Conservatives already have that argument worked out to aid the faithful in finding their death panels: liberals like to blame Bush for everything. I don't blame Bush for these pamphlets, and I do not understand why there was such a controversy over these pamphlets, when the wording in question was removed prior to the Obama administration taking office.
Maybe Hannity and his friends can go find a children's book next, titled Daddy Wants To Die, which instructs children to pull the plug when their parents are ill.