No End to Media Myths About Healthcare Policy

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by Norman Solomon
Mar 8, 2008

I remember the ferocious media debate over the proper government role in healthcare — 43 years ago. As the spring of 1965 got underway, the bombast was splattering across front pages and flying through airwaves.

A bill in Congress aimed to assure some basic healthcare for all Americans at least 65 years old. The U.S. government would automatically cover the costs for a bedrock of medical services.

It was called Medicare.

These days, when I speak on campuses about media coverage of healthcare policy options, I bring up current proposals for a “single payer” system — in effect, Medicare for Americans of all ages. Most students seem to think it’s a good idea. But once in a while, someone vocally objects that such an arrangement would be “socialism.”

The objection takes me back to the media uproar of early 1965. And it reminds me that ideological blinders have continued to constrict the national debate on realistic possibilities for developing a truly humane healthcare system.

In the current presidential campaign, none of the major candidates can be heard talking about Medicare for all. Instead, there’s plenty of nattering about whether “mandates” are a good idea. Hillary Clinton even had the audacity (not of hope but of duplicity) to equate proposed healthcare “mandates” to the must-pay-in requirements that sustain Social Security and Medicare.

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Truth: What Gets Found in Translation.

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by jurassicpork
Welcome to Pottersville
Mar 8, 2008

It could almost be said that the United Kingdom is the place where American news flees in order to thrive. Throw in Jimi Hendrix and Robert Frost to add the humanities to that claim and you might have a stronger case. In fact, it was Frost who’d once coined the phrase that poetry is what gets lost in translation. In politics, the opposite could be said about truth.

Otherwise, how else are we to account for Greg Palast, one of the three or four best investigative journalists on earth, having to ply his trade with the BBC (only to see his explosive exposes ignored by his countrymen)? And why, appropriately, on Epiphany Day, did Sibel Edmonds have to go to the Times Online UK in order to get even a partial revelation of her story out in the mainstream media (minus names, including that of a senior ex state department official whose name I would literally give my left nut to know.)?

The ironic thing is that the Bush-era Justice Department and FBI is busy muzzling Edmonds for her knowledge of corrupt and incompetent officials during the Clinton years. Knowledge, they claim, that could undermine national security. However, the very things that Edmonds is dying to get out happen to involve the type of corruption and incompetence that in itself undermines national security even more.

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see

Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds – Hearings Now! (video)

Bill Moyers Journal: Rick Karr on Government Secrecy (Sibel Edmonds) + Viewer Mail

Scott Horton Interviews Daniel Ellsberg

UK Times: Brewster Jennings outed by ‘treasonous’ US govt official in 2001, not 2003 by Luke Ryland

FBI denies file exposing nuclear secrets theft

For sale: West’s deadly nuclear secrets

Sibel Edmonds (archive of posts)

Edmonds-Sibel

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A Brain-Dead Press by Scott Horton (Siegelman)

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by Scott Horton
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March 7, 2008

Back in the sixties, when the citizens of Alabama wanted to get a fair report on the progress of the Civil Rights movement in their state, they had to turn to the national media, and especially the network news, to get it. The local print and broadcast media would either grossly distort what was going on, or, more likely, they would simply report nothing.

In a sense those days are back. There are a handful of independent papers in the state, but the three Advance newspapers published in the state’s major urban areas, operate to the historical tradition of their most shameful moment. The big offenders, as I have chronicled repeatedly, are the Birmingham News and the Mobile Press-Register. If a special prosecutor is appointed to examine the gross irregularities surrounding the Siegelman case—and calls for that step mount with each passing day—then the inexplicably cozy relationship between the two papers in Birmingham and Mobile and the politically directed prosecutors who pushed the case against Siegelman should be right near the top of the matters investigated. It reflects a press that masquerades as independent and objective while it takes up a partisan sword in a particularly vicious style, slashing away at the roots of civil society.

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Journalism interrupted, The Right Wing Attack Machine Churns… (Siegelman)

Scott Horton on Democracy Now: Don Siegelman case & FCC Probe

It Does Happen In America – The Political Trial of Don Siegelman + Siegelman Updates

60 Minutes: Don Siegelman (vids) + Parts of Broadcast Blocked in Alabama…