Jul
29
2009

LA Times Acknowledges Gaping Hole in Media's Healthcare Debate

An LA Times column today cited FAIR's petition demanding that the TV networks include single-payer in their coverage of the healthcare reform debate, acknowledging that there is a "gaping hole in much of the media coverage–caused by the failure to investigate practices around the rest of the world, particularly European-style, single-payer programs." The Times' James Rainey concluded his column, "TV Needs To Deepen Coverage of Healthcare Reform," with a report on the delivery of FAIR's petition at ABC–the network that disinvited Obama's longtime physician Dr. David Scheiner, a single-payer advocate, from its June 24 "Prescription for America" program: The liberal […]

Feb
10
2009

Now Obama Is French!

Newsweek's current coverdeclares, "We Are All Socialists Now." But it's actually another story from the magazine that pushes the notion that Obama is likely heading the country in a (gasp!) European direction. Michael Freedman'spiece certainly doesn't start off on the right foot: Have you noticed that Barack Obama sounds more like the president of France every day? Newsweek laments the"distinctly continental sniff" of Obama's economic rhetoric, which apparentlyevokes"business bashing and protectionism" that was, until recently, "largely relegated to the far left." The real problem, though, is what it's going to do to us Americans: Slow growth could kill rugged American […]

Dec
01
2008

Robert Samuelson's Not-To-Do List

Today's column by Robert Samuelson (Washington Post, 12/1/08) is a classic of the "why the president-elect must break progressive campaign promises" genre. Usually, of course, the new president should keep such promises: Obama won the election, and in normal times, his campaign agenda ought to be front and center. But these are not normal times, and what's most important now–as he repeatedly emphasizes–is to prevent the recession from feeding on itself. And you do that, inevitably, by making sure not to do anything that makes corporations nervous. Any program to refashion the energy and healthcare sectors–to take two obvious candidates–would […]

Dec
01
2008

The Media's Healthcare Debate

Two disappointing reports in major newspapers on the healthcare debate. In the Los Angeles Times, Noam Levey writes ("Consensus Emerging on Universal Healthcare") that the momentum for real change is obvious in Washington–but that it only goes so far: The idea of a federal, single-payer system patterned on those in Europe and Canada, long a dream of the political left, is now virtually off the table. One might well reach such a conclusion if you only talked to the people Levey quoted in his article: -"Karen Ignagni, president of America's Health Insurance Plans, or AHIP, a leading trade group whose […]