Archive for June 18, 2009

ABC Will Not Even Accept Paid Advertising Presenting an Opposing View for the Obama Health Care Debacle

ABC “News”* is refusing paid ads for its health care program at the White House. Conservatives for Patients Rights (CPR) inquired about purchasing ad time and was willing to do so. As of now, ABC is not accepting paid advertising, thus they’re refusing even a paid-for alternative viewpoint. Here is statement from Rick Scott, chairman of Conservatives for Patients Rights. We remain hopeful ABC “News” will reconsider.

“It is unfortunate – and unusual – that ABC is refusing to accept paid advertising that would present an alternative viewpoint for the White House health care program. Health care is an issue that touches every American and all potential pieces of legislation have carried a price tag in excess of $1 trillion of taxpayers’ money. The American people deserve a healthy, robust debate on this issue and ABC’s decision – as of now – to exclude even paid advertisements that present an alternative view does a disservice to the public. Our organization is more than willing to purchase ad time on ABC to present an alternative viewpoint and our hope is that ABC will reconsider having such viewpoints be part of this crucial debate for the American people. We were surprised to hear that paid advertisements would not be accepted when we inquired and we would certainly be open to purchasing time if ABC would reconsider.”

They have a word for when media obediently parrots the government line and only answers questions approved in advance. It’s called propaganda.

No, I won’t be liveblogging it because it isn’t a news event. It’s an infomercial selling a product, and I ain’t buying.

* “Scare quotes” above added by me.

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Healthy 20-Year-Old Escondido Woman Has Mild Swine Flu Symptoms Friday, Dies on Monday

Adela Chevalier was young, healthy, vivacious, and energetic. She had a slight cough and fatigue on Friday. By Monday, she was running a high fever, having trouble breathing, and had severe muscle aches. Within hours of being admitted to the hospital, she was dead.

She’s not the only one. Sprinkled through the soporific litany of “underlying health issues” used to soothe the public have been sprinkled cases that have “puzzled” the doctors because people with no underlying issues are and have been dying.

I take exception to some of the “underlying health issues” cited, as well. “The patient had an underlying health issue of obesity“, for example. According to statistics, 30% or more of us have “obesity”; therefore many of the people that are contracting the disease would be expected to be obese. “The patient had an underlying health issue of gout”. Unh huh. Tell me how that relates to dying of respiratory failure.

I’m waiting for “the patient had an underlying health issue of being cranky”, but that would probably just mean that the medical caregivers had gathered outside the door for a rousing chant of “die, bitch, DIE!”

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