Media Stumps for Obama Care – Silences Opposing Views

Obama’s Department of Propaganda (formerly known as the mainstream news media) at it’s best.

The refusal by ABC and NBC to run a national ad critical of President Obama’s health care reform plan is raising questions from the group behind the spot — particularly in light of ABC’s health care special aired in prime time last June and hosted at the White House.

The 33-second ad by the League of American Voters, which features a neurosurgeon who warns that a government-run health care system will lead to the rationing of procedures and medicine, began airing two weeks ago on local affiliates of ABC, NBC, FOX and CBS. On a national level, however, ABC and NBC have refused to run the spot in its present form.

“It’s a powerful ad,” said Bob Adams, executive director of the League of American Voters, a national nonprofit group with 15,000 members who advocate individual liberty and government accountability. “It tells the truth and it really highlights one of the biggest vulnerabilities and problems with this proposed legislation, which is it rations health care and disproportionately will decimate the quality of health care for seniors.”

Adams said the advertisement is running on local network affiliates in states like Louisiana, Arkansas, Maine and Pennsylvania. But although CBS has approved the ad for national distribution and talks are ongoing with FOX, NBC has questioned some of the ad’s facts while ABC has labeled it “partisan.”

“The ABC Television Network has a long-standing policy that we do not sell time for advertising that presents a partisan position on a controversial public issue,” spokeswoman Susan Sewell said in a written statement. “Just to be clear, this is a policy for the entire network, not just ABC News.”

NBC, meanwhile, said it has not turned down the ad and will reconsider it with some revisions.

“We have not rejected the ad,” spokeswoman Liz Fischer told FOXNews.com. “We have communicated with the media agency about some factual claims that require additional substantiation. As always, we are happy to reconsider the ad once these issues are addressed.”

Adams objects to ABC’s assertion that his group’s position is partisan.

“It’s a position that we would argue a vast majority of Americans stand behind,” he said. “Obviously, it’s a message that ABC and the Obama administration haven’t received yet.”

Dick Morris, a FOX News political analyst and the League of American Voters’ chief strategist, conceptualized the advertisement and said its purpose was to “refocus” the debate on health care reform.

“I feel the whole debate on health care reform needed to be refocused on the issue of Medicare,” he told FOXNews.com. “Most of the debate had been on issues of socialized medicine and cost. I felt that the impact of the legislation in cutting the Medicare program and enforcing rationing needed to be addressed.”

Morris, a onetime advisor to former President Bill Clinton, said he was particularly troubled by ABC’s decision not to air the spot.

“It’s the ultimate act of chutzpah because ABC is the network that turned itself over completely to Obama for a daylong propaganda fest about health care reform,” he said. “For them to be pious and say they will not accept advertising on health care shuts their viewers out from any possible understanding of both sides of this issue.”

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10 Responses to “Media Stumps for Obama Care – Silences Opposing Views”

  1. SC says:

    I was recently debating the difference between being “spiritual” and “religious” with a good friend of mine who is a devout Christian. I am also Christian, but due to too many experiences with either the Church or with people who profess themselves to be religious – able to quote chapter and verse and yet behave very differently than I believe Jesus would have us behave, I am no longer “religious”. In the context of this conversation, Fox News hate mongering and the health care debate came up. I like to believe that I live in the way the Jesus intended and do not believe that He would have us stand by while hard-working people endure sickness and even death simply because they cannot afford care. Does you know of any bible verses that either support or renounce universal health care?

  2. Steve says:

    SC,
    Jesus told us the poor would always be with us. He spent countless hours of His ministry years healing the sick. The Apostles did the same after the accession. Paul, in his letters to the churches gives them specific instructions on how THEY (not the government) were to tend to the needs of the widows, poor and sick in their fellowships.
    How many times, during Jesus’ ministry, do we read of Roman officials working with Him to minister to the poor? I can think of one example of an individual Roman doing good, but NEVER the government.
    It is the responsibility of Christians to help the poor and the sick, NOT THE GOVERNMENT. We cannot shirk our call from Jesus and pass it off to government bureaucrats. We are responsible for their care.

  3. DF says:

    SC I like you consider myself spiritual but not religious for the exact same reasons as you mentioned. I personally think Christians have lost their way. Yes they can read the verses inthe bible but have lost the true meaning behind the them. I think Steve is a perfect example of this. He can justify turning his back on the poor and sick because the Romans AKA(government) didnt or shouldn’t help either what a joke! He is disguising his own self centered interests and pretending he cares. Fortunate for him it is also the easiest on his pocketbook. I for one have very good insurance through my employer and if given a chance I will jump to Obamacare(as the radical right likes to call it) even if it means substandard care for me and my family. Which I do not believe it does. By doing so, if it means someone who is poor or sick and on a fixed budget would not be financially wiped out or suffer. Then in my opinion it would be a very small price to pay.
    God Bless You SC I wish I had the oportunity to meet you. Not to often I find a person who takes the words right out of my mouth(you did)

  4. Steve says:

    DF,
    Easy on the pocket book? What I’m proposing is harder on the pocket book. We, as Christians, should be doing much more to help the poor and sick. We are barely scratching the surface of our responsibilities. I think both Jesus and the Apostles would be very disappointed with us for shirking our responsibilities.
    DF, instead of sacrificing our medical care, why don’t we just expand Medicare and Medicaid, whose job it is to help insure poor people? Makes much more sense than ruining everything else in the process.

  5. DF says:

    Steve
    You are right we should be doing more through what ever avenue we have available be it church or government. That is the first true idea you posted i.e. increasing medicare and medicaid to include the poor as well as the elderly. However maintaining a for profit health care system IMHO is not the way. What part of (FOR PROFIT) don’t you understand. To make money off of other people’s misery and sickness is just plain wrong and unchristian. I do not recall Jesus ever charging to administer to the sick and dying. You and I will never see eye to eye on this issue. My personal belief is you are not truly admitting to yourself why you have a problem with the government getting more involved in healthcare. You believe the government is your enemy well I don’t. Do I think they are perfect? No I do not at all. But I will not use their ineptitude as an excuse to stand by while people are in need.

  6. SC says:

    Thanks for the great discussion. To Steve, I do agree that it is our responsibility to do everything we can to help our fellow man. However, the fact of the matter is that in the decades that have passed, not nearly enough help has been offered. Given that people are in desperate need with no help, how is it Christian to stand by and allow this to continue? I’m also not sure about the far right’s true motive in this regard. What is truly “Christian” is to give without the expectation of anything in return. In my experience, too many give with the expectation of gratitude, praise and status in return. They don’t like the anonymity of taxation. We need a way to offer help and dignity for our fellow man in their time of need. To me, it is as simple as that.

  7. Steve says:

    DF,
    You said “However maintaining a for profit health care system IMHO is not the way.”
    So, unlike you, the folks who works in health care and pharmaceuticals do not need to bring home a paycheck in order to feed, shelter and cloth their families? They don’t deserve to be rewarded when they do well? They have no need for food or transportation? Really? That’s what you think?
    It might surprise you to know that these businesses are run and staffed with people just like you and me. They have hopes and dreams just like us. They go home to their loved ones at night. They sit beside you in church. They are not demons just because they provide a service or product to a sick person.
    And yes, the government is currently my adversary. They will remain so as long as they continue to erode and usurp my personal freedoms.

  8. Steve says:

    SC,
    You are right…it is not right to stand by and do nothing. Now is the time to take a stand and tell the government “no thanks…we’ll take care of this”. Ouch, think how much everyone in church is going to have to do if we actually took that stand. We might actually have to take some of our time and meet the needy face to face. We could no longer hide behind a collection plate (or a tax bill) and warm a pew. The Temple Officials did this much (and in some cases more) and Jesus called them “hypocrites”. What does that make us believers and followers of Christ? Are we really willing to delegate our God Given responsibilities to a government bureaucrat followed by a few tax dollars so we thump our chest and crow to God about how “Christian” we are? I believe that Jesus is very disappointed with us on this issue. It seems that we have lost our ability to understand the simplest of Biblical instruction.

  9. SC says:

    Well at first, I was heartened by what seemed like a honest debate. Now I am wishing I took DF’s earlier comments to heart, “I personally think Christians have lost their way. Yes they can read the verses inthe bible but have lost the true meaning behind the them. I think Steve is a perfect example of this. He can justify turning his back on the poor and sick because the Romans AKA(government) didnt or shouldn’t help either what a joke! He is disguising his own self centered interests and pretending he cares. ” I too have a good income and good insurance and was hoping that there were more like-minded Christians who were willing to give to the poor. I believe with all of my heart that God and only God bestows gifts upon all of us. It is with humility that I use this intellegence to better the world and my fellow man. These gifts, again bestowed by God allow me to earn that good income and give me access to good insurance. Does that mean that I am ANY more worthy of it than the checker at the grocery store or the butcher or the plumber or the garbage man or the migrant farmer or anyone else? ABSOLUTELY NOT!

    To Steve as my parting comment, I will respond to your comment, “So, unlike you, the folks who works in health care and pharmaceuticals do not need to bring home a paycheck in order to feed, shelter and cloth their families? They don’t deserve to be rewarded when they do well? They have no need for food or transportation? Really? That’s what you think?” FYI, I am one of those folks and I bring home a paycheck far in excess of what is needed to feed, shelter and clothe my family. The (monetary) rewards are far in excess of what is required. Maybe Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilley make you feel a bit better about your selfish brand of Christianity. They don’t fool me and neither do you.

  10. Steve says:

    SC,
    You are confusing me. You call me selfish for wanting Christians to give more to the poor, elderly and sick. You accuse me of turning my back on people when I take Christians to task for failing to do their jobs in helping people. You believe me to be un-Christian because I oppose bad legislation that will harm several hundred million people in order to maybe help a couple of million. You completely ignore my counter proposal, that would help the uninsured and under insured while leaving the part of the system that is working alone. I guess it’s easier to throw stones at me as opposed to using logic to solve the problem. I haven’t watched or listened to Hanity or O’Reiley in months; I do read the Bible every day and try to apply it to every aspect of my life.

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