Friday, August 28, 2009

Main Stream News Media — Fact-Checking Ads

A while back, I subscribed to news updates from ... so I could keep up with and try to understand the other side's point of view. I'm afraid, however, that I'm desperately failing at that task. I just don't understand their logic ... if it's even logic at all.

This morning I got an email from NewsMax proclaiming that ABC and NBC won't run a national ad critical of President Obama's healthcare reform plan.

Well, first off, let's get something straight. It's not President Obama's plan. HR 3200 is a healthcare bill proposed in the House of Representatives by Rep. John Dingell (D-MI). The bill has 8 other co-sponsors: Robert Andrews [D-NJ1], Dale Kildee [D-MI5], Carolyn Maloney [D-NY14], George Miller [D-CA7], Frank Pallone [D-NJ6], Charles Rangel [D-NY15], Fortney Stark [D-CA13], and Henry Waxman [D-CA30]. These are the nine Representatives responsible for proposing HR3200. It won't become President Obama's plan until he signs it. And he's not going to be doing that anytime soon because the House hasn't yet brought their final bill to the floor ... and the Senate hasn't even got theirs written yet.

HR3200 is STILL languishing away in committee and hasn't yet been brought to the floor for discussion and a vote, though a series of amendments have been made to it by the Ways & Means, and Labor & Education committees. I'm sure that when it finally comes to the floor, it will likely see additional activity from those Representatives who weren't part of the committees reviewing and amending it before it even got to the floor.

The NewsMax email goes on to say that, "A doctor in the League of American Voters ad asks: How can Obama's plan cover 50 million new patients without any new doctors? It can't." Is this guy a moron, or what? I'd like to know how he managed to graduate from college with a medical degree? Just because people don't have health insurance doesn't mean they don't have a doctor, or that they don't seek medical treatment. Come on, does he really believe that 50 million Americans have never, ever seen a doctor?

And if that didn't scare you into thinking healthcare reform is bad for America, it offered a quote from Bob Adams, the Executive Director of the League of American Voters (not to be confused with the League of Women Voters who actually present factual materials). He claims, "It tells the truth and it really highlights one of the biggest vulnerabilities and problems with this proposed legislation, which is it rations health care and disproportionately will decimate the quality of health care for seniors." The email gave me a link to watch the ad, so I did. All I can say is OH PLEASE, give me a break! No facts, just more Party of Nope lies claiming that seniors will see rationed medicare health care, cancer patients will see long delays before treatment, limit will be imposed on distribution of life saving drugs, and that we don't need a healthcare system like they have in England and Canada. Read these words: HR3200 is NOT proposing a single-payer plan like they have in England and Canada! I don't care how many times these guys tell their lies, I'm just not buying it. I actually took the time to read the bill, so I know what's in it and what's not ... and I can spot their lies as they spew forth from their lips.

Surprisingly, FoxNews (prime defender of the Party of Nope) is challenging the veracity of the ad's purported factual claims, as is NBC. Apparently however, you'll be able to see the ad on CBS since they approved it to air, but ABC has labeled it "too partisan" and declined to air the ad. It's about time the main stream News media started doing their jobs. A sportscaster would never allow misinformation to be broadcast ... the same standard should be used by main stream news media.

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