IBD lays the wood to ABC in this editorial on their infomercial pushing nationalized health care (via Instapundit). They coin the great phrase “Self-nationalization” in the editorial:
As much of the U.S. private sector, including health care providers, resists government takeovers, what a sorry sight to see ABC News leap forward to make itself a propaganda arm of the government.
But that’s the story as ABC crosses the line from journalism to advocacy in turning its coverage of health care over to the White House.
This Wednesday, on every show from “Good Morning America” (kicking things off with an interview with the president) to “World News Tonight” (broadcast from the Blue Room) to a prime-time special called “Prescription for America” (and emanating from the East Room), the network will puff the Obama administration’s trillion-dollar plan to nationalize U.S. health care.
The all-day, White House-based coverage itself amounts to a nationalization — this one of a major media outlet in support of an administration that will return the favor for access at the cost of objectivity and the public’s right to know.
The word propaganda is way over-used. But in this case it is entirely appropriate. And it’s shameful.
Apparently ABC news is going to produce what can only be described as an infomercial for the administration’s push on nationalized health care:
ABC News will host an hour-long special on health care reform in the U.S. next Wednesday from the White House East Room — a move that ABC is defending but critics are calling a surrender to the Obama administration’s effort to control the debate.
The prime time special — called “Questions for the President: Prescription for America” by ABC News — will be a nationally televised event during which President Obama will answer questions presented by audience members selected by ABC News.
Participants will present a broad range of ”divergent opinions in this historic debate,” according to the press release announcing the event. Viewers will also be able to submit questions via ABCNews.com.
I won’t be watching this dog and pony show, but I predict one question won’t quite make the cut:
If we can really achieve cost savings with your plan, why can’t we achieve those cost savings now with Medicare? I mean what’s wrong with doing a proof-of-concept before we change health care for everyone?
It’s sad to see a major news organization flush its journalistic ethics like this.