Well, you have to give President Obama credit. He’s throwing everything at us at once and pushing a very aggressive agenda. Rahm Emanuel spilled the beans on television a while back. Take a listen:
So now, everything is being tied to the economic crisis so we’ll all get on board and do what they want for the good of the country. We have to nationalize GM and Chrysler, and the banks, and now healthcare, in order to save the economy. If we don’t, this “crisis” will not end. My friend, anamericanidiot, has a great blog about the “crisis mentality” coming from the White House and how it relates to the health care debate. I encourage you to check it out. It includes a personal story of how potential health care changes could have affected his family and potentially yours.
As I’m reading his blog this morning though, I see a flash from Drudge that ABC is planning a prime time special from the White House with the President pitching his new health care plan. So now the President of the United States is hosting an ABC News special?!? This isn’t news, it’s an infomercial! Where were the ABC News crews when President Bush wanted to revamp the Social Security system? Will ABC be offering an opposing viewpoint on a subsequent show? Bear in mind, this isn’t like other White House events where they host a town hall and all the networks are offered coverage. This is an ABC special from the White House! Obviously, if the President is involved, it will be his agenda which will get the most favorable treatment. Not to mention what ABC is going to do with the news coverage before and after this event.
This obviously raises serious ethical questions. Can we expect ABC to cover the administration even-handedly on other issues if they are showing such clear bias on this one? Who’s controlling the editorial content of ABC News, the White House or ABC employees? Who’s paying for this – ABC, the DNC, the taxpayers?!?
In the Drudge story, there is a letter from the RNC Chief of Staff, Ken McKay, to ABC News chief David Westin. In the letter, McKay says the RNC “requested an opportunity to add our Party’s views to those of the President’s to ensure that all sides of the health care reform debate are presented. Our request was rejected.” Great! A strongly worded letter to the ABC News boss is a good start. But I’ve been watching cable news for almost an hour now and there isn’t any mention of this! While I agree that Iran, North Korea, and David Letterman apologizing to Sarah Palin are all important stories, shouldn’t we cover the death of one of America’s premier news organisations? Where’s Michael Steele, the HEAD of the RNC? Where are the Republican leaders in Congress?!?
For the record, if health care gets nationalized, the America we grew up in is dead also. All of our behaviors will be dictated according to how much it will affect the health care system; the system will not be able to cover everyone, which is the stated goal; and everyone who has nationalized health care has warned us not to do it. But the biggest casualty is the loss of choice for the American people, not just in health care, but in news. When our news organisations so blatantly promote one idea over another, even to the point of letting the President have the podium for a policy pitch with no opposition, the American people are the real losers.