Media Locked Out of Health Care Debate

2009 August 25
by bc3b

Perhaps Howard Kurtz, Washington Post columnist and CNN commentator, is starting to get it. He wrote, “Perhaps journalists are no more trusted than politicians these days,” in reviewing how Sarah Palin not only outflanked Obama and the Democrats, but also the media in her “death panels” Facebook comments.

For once, mainstream journalists did not retreat to the studied neutrality of quoting dueling antagonists.

They tried to perform last rites on the ludicrous claim about President Obama’s death panels, telling Sarah Palin, in effect, you’ve got to quit making things up.

But it didn’t matter. The story refused to die.

The crackling, often angry debate over health-care reform has severely tested the media’s ability to untangle a story of immense complexity. In many ways, news organizations have risen to the occasion; in others they have become agents of distortion. But even when they report the facts, they have had trouble influencing public opinion.

In the 10 days after Palin warned on Facebook of an America “in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel,’ ” The Washington Post mentioned the phrase 18 times, the New York Times 16 times, and network and cable news at least 154 times (many daytime news shows are not transcribed).

Here’s the entire Kurtz column.

Hat tip: Washington Post

Palin_.jpg Sarah Palin image by eagle007blogger

Who you gonna believe: MSM or Sarah Palin ?

14 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 August 25 3:26 am
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    bc3b permalink

    That’s what may have rattled Charles Krathammer’s cage – that some “uneducated rube” has had a greater impact on the health care debate (from her kitchen) than all the educated pundits in the Beltway (who attend all the right parties and have all the right friends).

    Without Sarah Palin, how would the “unwashed masses” (like us) ever become familiar with Ezekiel Emanuel and his writings on worthiness of life? With the VA brochure on “life decisions” coming to light, it appears the former Alaskan governor is far closer to the truth than Kurtz or others are willing to admit.

  2. 2009 August 25 5:29 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    “Perhaps journalists are no more trusted than politicians these days,”

    Perhaps, PERHAPS!?

    Me thinkith you belittle the size of the hole you stand in.

  3. 2009 August 25 5:33 am
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    phineas gage permalink

    Speaking of holes.

    EJ is going to be spinning so fast that he bores a hole right through the foundation of the WaPo building.

  4. 2009 August 25 5:36 am
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    phineas gage permalink

    Does anyone believe that this is not directed from the White House?

    Wow, she gets under their skin. Because they know she is communicating the truth to the American people.

    Keep it up, Sarah.

  5. 2009 August 25 5:51 am
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    phineas gage permalink

    All is not lost for the marxist.

    He does have prominent <A href="http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSB30869920090825&quot; supporters still in his corner.

  6. 2009 August 25 5:52 am
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    phineas gage permalink

    OK, it’s early, sorry for messing up the link.

    Here it is again

  7. 2009 August 25 5:53 am
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    phineas gage permalink

    We need to see much more of this

    Let’s start at the top and work our way down.

  8. 2009 August 25 6:05 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    phineas gage permalink

    We need to see much more of this

    Let’s start at the top and work our way down.

    One small step for Neanderthals, one giant leap for Americans.

  9. 2009 August 25 6:13 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    PG, what Dionne won’t admit, being the leftist he is, is that had we done nothing we might be out of this already. Oh there would have been the painful equivalent of hard right jab to the head. But we are taking constant body blows now.

    Citi, AIG, even Sacks would have gone into receivership. But then somebody like Christies would have been called in to auction off the assets after the bankruptcies cleared. Securitized mortgage market would have been cleared out quickly so housing could reach its new low and valuation. Then a true recovery could begin. Nor would there be any double dip that we might face now.

    Instead the govt is trying to prevent the natural course of capitalism that bad choices have consequences and that those that make good choices should rise to replace them.

  10. 2009 August 25 6:35 am
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    bc3b permalink

    You know things are getting bad for The One when even Fidel Castro is joining in “circling the wagons.”

  11. 2009 August 25 6:41 am
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    INC permalink

    Howard Kurtz has so many lies in that column it’s stunning. I don’t even know where to begin. I like Dr. D’s quote. The best parts:

    Perhaps journalists are no more trusted than politicians these daysthis was a stunning illustration of the traditional media’s impotence.

    They are beginning to get a clue.

  12. 2009 August 25 7:09 am
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    janzam permalink

    Wow, she gets under their skin. Because they know she is communicating the truth to the American people. —> Phineas

    What Sarah does is take the truth, adding some flourish to it, so that the Public stops in their path to examine it. After all, that is what the left does all the time —> sensationalize an issue to grab the attention of the populace. Death Panels is just a flashy way of saying a panel of people who could literally line-item health care for individuals, which could result in a person’s early demise.

    Usually, though, the average Republican does not put definitions in such brutal terms as Sarah, which has the dims on edge about her, because she definitely pulls the ear plugs out of people who usually don’t want to hear the bottom lines to political power plays.

  13. 2009 August 25 8:29 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Janzam –

    “she definitely pulls the ear plugs out of people who usually don’t want to hear the bottom lines”

    Great line!!!

  14. 2009 August 25 6:34 pm
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Kurtz is one of the bad guys. Plain and simple.

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