Tuesday, 09/01/09, Public Square

TruthI watched news on PBS last evening and there was a panel discussion of what the news delivers to America about the health care debate.  It was agreed that most news outlets highlighted much more of the process — town hall meeting disruptions, arguing between members of Congress, the current sensational rumor — than information about the content of the bills being considered.  The panel was comprised of representatives of news organizations and they admitted they didn’t cover nearly enough about our current health care system — its weaknesses and what needed to be fixed — along with what each of the bills Congress is working on does to address those needs.

We want, need and deserve the truth.  Where do you listen or read to get actual, factual news?



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18 responses to “Tuesday, 09/01/09, Public Square

  1. I don’t have cable, thus I am less exposed to the “he said, she said” – all commentary is equally valid – type coverage.

    I listen to NPR radio, read the NYTimes and WashPost on-line and those are my main sources.

    • I’m with you on NPR. I think the right wing tends to label them as liberal…but their definition of liberal is “anyone who dares question.”

      • lilacluvr

        The Right Wing would label God himself as liberal if he told them to stop worshiping their Golden God of Greed.

        GOP – Greedy Old Poops

      • I still like to say those letters as a word! I say gop with a short a (I also make it kinda gutteral), how do you say it?

  2. tosmarttobegop

    I have not found a single source for news and information and that become maddening.
    Flipping through channels and reading till my eye burn, only so I can filter through the sided and spun news sources.

    Good on me for being interested enough to do so, bad on me because it takes so much time I end up a smelly, dirty blob in a room by myself. In the end it does not seem to do me any real good as it make me a smelly, dirty blob in a world full of care-free sweet smelling, clean, fun loving people.

  3. Hubby Griffin said recently that he would go stark-raving mad if he paid as much attention as I do. In fact, it nearly drives him there that I do.

    This panel discussion on Jim Lehrer’s NewsHour last night was titled, “Media Coverage of Health Care.” I just went to the website to see if I could bring all or part of the discussion here to share, but didn’t find where I could do that. It was high mucketedy mucks of news organizations who without an exception said the news was doing a poor job of bringing facts to Americans. They admitted coverage of the spectacular latest rumor, protests, lies, arguments was getting most all of the attention. They know this! And, during the discussion they stated what we should be hearing, what we needed to be hearing.

    Since they made all these admissions, do you think they’ll make any changes? I’m not going to hold my breath!

  4. tosmarttobegop

    Fnord media coverage is driven by popular demand, like movies it is the fashionable and pop interest that directs the news. The majority like being simple minded, so the news and media reflect that.
    Another way to put it is that the news is driven by only what the viewers want to see.
    The coverage of health care reform, people do not want the details as much as they want the flash and arguments.

    Conservatives do not want to hear about Liberal ideas that they can not find fault with. And Liberals do not want to hear about Conservatives that do not seem unreasonable.

  5. lilacluvr

    Reality tv is, unfortunately, the rule of the day for most people in our country. That, and the 30-second soundbite.

    I don’t think it is really for the intellectual conversation our society is looking for in these reality shows – it is to see when the fight is going to break out and they want to see the first punch thrown.

    I believe this is why people clamor to see Sarah Palin – not for her wisdom but to see how much foot she can cram into that mouth of hers.

  6. lilacluvr

    Staffer: Jenkins didn’t read Johnson resolution
    The Associated Press
    TOPEKA, Kan. – A spokeswoman for Kansas’ 2nd District Rep. Lynn Jenkins says the congresswoman didn’t read a resolution she supported urging a pardon for boxer Jack Johnson.

    The resolution urging President Barack Obama to pardon Johnson contained the phrase “great white hope.” Jenkins, a Republican, caused a stir when she used the phrase during a gathering in August in Kansas.

    The phrase “great white hope” often is associated with pre-civil rights-era racism. It is widely believed to have become popular in the U.S. when Johnson, who was black, captured the heavyweight title in the early 1900s.

    Many whites reacted to Johnson’s achievement by trying to find white fighters – or a “great white hope” – who could beat him.

    Information from: The Topeka Capital-Journal: http://www.cjonline.com

    Found this on WE today… seems our little Ms Jenkins doesn’t know when to keep her big mouth shut – even after she has inserted her big foot into it more than once!!!

    It’s like trying to heal a wound – one doesn’t keep on picking at it if they want it to just ‘go away’.

  7. lilacluvr

    Louisiana Gov. Jindal Takes Helicopter To Church At Taxpayer Expense

    I found this headline at Huffington Post blog site today. The article is rather long, so I did not copy and paste the whole thing.

    Seems like our good friend Bobby Jindal has been flying to different churches the past 5 months using the state’s helicopter – Some group estimated the cost is $45,000 so far.

    Of course, he has his defenders in that the man is working on Sunday and he is going to where the people are.

    Or do you think he is trying to beat the bushes of the Conservative Evangelical Christian and see how many white angry men he can keep stirred up?

  8. lilacluvr

    Has anyone gone over to the nameless blog and read what Bob Dole said?

    Mr. Dole had the audacity to say that every major legislation has had broad bipartisanship.

    Oh, is that right?

    Let’s see – Medicare and Civil Rights – who was the party of NO on both of those major pieces of legislation?

    Me thinks Bobby Dole is getting senile??? maybe he has taken one too many of those little blue pills??

  9. This website is organized poorly, difficult to read, and so absolutely full of information that it is a must read. I had to read it a few times before I actually found out that FOREVER, throughout history the conservatives have proven they can’t remember anything, they don’t learn from mistakes, they don’t change their approach, they don’t advance their knowledge. But, the worst part is that they color their positions in such a way that they fool people! They are expert liars, expert at turning a negative to a positive, expert at making themselves what they want to be!

    I still go back, although I’ve read it dozens of times, and shake my head in amazement.


  10. Simple enough most everyone should be able to understand (even anti reformers). Unless they really don’t care at all about understanding, just about regaining power, not allowing a Democratic Party president or majority in Congress accomplishing something that helps Americans.

  11. Great video, fnord. Thank you very much…