The Jury Talks Back

6/16/2009

The Mask Slips

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kevin M @ 8:43 am

Many on the right have complained about the MSM’s subservience to the Democratic Party in general, and Barack Obama in particular.  “Nonsense”, we are told.  Over and over, they claim to be evenhanded and non-partisan.  But anyone with any sense whatsoever knows it is just a mask.

Next week, the mask slips.

ABC News (according to an [unlinkable] Drudge flash), will basically turn their network’s news division over to the Obama administration for “An Evening’s HealthCare Propaganda with Barack”, although they may call it something else.  THe Republican Party will not be allowed to rebut or participate in the “discussion.”  Even the ABC Evening News will originate from the White House.

A letter from the RNC to ABC News:

Dear Mr. Westin:

As the national debate on health care reform intensifies, I am deeply concerned and disappointed with ABC's astonishing decision to exclude opposing voices on this critical issue on June 24, 2009. Next Wednesday, ABC News will air a primetime health care reform “town hall” at the White House with President Barack Obama. In addition, according to an ABC News report, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, WORLD NEWS, NIGHTLINE and ABC’s web news “will all feature special programming on the president’s health care agenda.” This does not include the promotion, over the next 9 days, the president’s health care agenda will receive on ABC News programming.

Today, the Republican National Committee 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. I believe that the President should have the ability to speak directly to the America people. However, I find it outrageous that ABC would prohibit our Party's opposing thoughts and ideas from this national debate, which affects millions of ABC viewers.

In the absence of opposition, I am concerned this event will become a glorified infomercial to promote the Democrat agenda. If that is the case, this primetime infomercial should be paid for out of the DNC coffers. President Obama does not hold a monopoly on health care reform ideas or on free airtime. The President has stated time and time again that he wants a bipartisan debate. Therefore, the Republican Party should be included in this primetime event, or the DNC should pay for your airtime.

Respectfully,
Ken McKay
Republican National Committee
Chief of Staff

ABCNEWS responds:

"ABCNEWS prides itself on covering all sides of important issues and asking direct questions of all newsmakers -- of all political persuasions -- even when others have taken a more partisan approach and even in the face of criticism from extremes on both ends of the political spectrum. ABCNEWS is looking for the most thoughtful and diverse voices on this issue.

"ABCNEWS alone will select those who will be in the audience asking questions of the president. Like any programs we broadcast, ABC News will have complete editorial control. To suggest otherwise is quite unfair to both our journalists and our audience."

Yeah, right.  “Trust us.”  They have never ever done this for any president before.  Journalistic ethics and intergrity are now officially oxymorons.  Life as satire.


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