Despite all the hysteronics the tea baggers didn’t gain much ground. They got a lot of attention from the press because of two things. The first is the old if it bleeds it leads. In this case a very modest, small c conservative attempt to reform health-care and get costs under control versus some colorful characters and their kolorful kool-aid colored signs, side arms and shouting contests. The second is much of the media is composed of tea baggers – see Fox, the Washington Post and Times, 24/7 AM radio and so on. Gee, who would have thought that a small push back by the White House would gain ground against people that would compare President Obama to Hitler. That portion of the conservative circus that never ends was getting old so n to the vast left wing ACORN conspiracy, Time to Get Real About the ACORN “Controversy”–and Republican Double Standards
The bottom line is this: if the same standard used to prevent ACORN from receiving federal contracts were applied to many large corporations — Boeing, financial institutions like AIG and CitiCorp, not to speak of private military contractors like Blackwater — they would all have been barred as federal contractors long ago. But instead of being blacklisted, many of them actually received billions of taxpayer dollars to bail them out.
One of the things catching up to the “populist” tea bagger phenomenon is that its an oxymoron. They protest against what they believe to be some great injustice directed especially at them, but take up for the corporate interests represented by groups like FreedonWorks. The ACORN workers caught on tape controversy is pretty old in the reality based world. Just as with any organization public or private, wrong doers should be fired or prosecuted. Republicans live by the moral relativity rule when it comes to scandals. Former aid to Dick Cheney, Scooter Libby was convicted of four federal counts of lying to a grand jury. Republicans started a defense fund. In today’s headlines at USA Today there is a story about a search for a murderer, a possible swindle by an ex-marine, and more on the recently arrested terrorists suspects. America is a great country, but not a day goes by where someone isn’t doing something they shouldn’t. The initial shock value wears off, so what can attention hog conservatives like Andrew Breitbart and Big Hollywood do. They can get another lung full of hot air and create another forgettable controversy. ANDREW BREITBART DESPERATELY TRIES TO SUSTAIN THE HIGH
Where was little Andrew when Republicans National Committee was using vote caging to win elections. Where were they when Bush was using the U.S. Department of Justice to engage in vote caging. I like the rule of law at all times, not just when its convenient and in a world of limited time and resources I tend to think big issues should take precedence over small time stuff. And lets not confuse some low ranking newbies at the NEA for the White House Oval Office. If the fringe Right feels that its wrong for the White House to put out what they perceive to be propaganda then I should have been able to find some article or video by a prominent conservative from the Bush years that expressed some outrage over this story – Bush ‘planted fake news stories on American TV’ – but i cant,
Federal authorities are actively investigating dozens of American television stations for broadcasting items produced by the Bush administration and major corporations, and passing them off as normal news. Some of the fake news segments talked up success in the war in Iraq, or promoted the companies’ products.
Investigators from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are seeking information about stations across the country after a report produced by a campaign group detailed the extraordinary extent of the use of such items.
The report, by the non-profit group Centre for Media and Democracy, found that over a 10-month period at least 77 television stations were making use of the faux news broadcasts, known as Video News Releases (VNRs). Not one told viewers who had produced the items.
“We know we only had partial access to these VNRs and yet we found 77 stations using them,” said Diana Farsetta, one of the group’s researchers. “I would say it’s pretty extraordinary. The picture we found was much worse than we expected going into the investigation in terms of just how widely these get played and how frequently these pre-packaged segments are put on the air.”
[ ]…The range of VNR is wide. Among items provided by the Bush administration to news stations was one in which an Iraqi-American in Kansas City was seen saying “Thank you Bush. Thank you USA” in response to the 2003 fall of Baghdad. The footage was actually produced by the State Department, one of 20 federal agencies that have produced and distributed such items.
The reason that I cannot find any columns by Bill Kristol, Coulter, Limbaugh or any other of the usual hypocrites on the Right is because they do not care whether government shoves propaganda down America’s throat as long as its a conservative doing the shoving.
The average health-care coverage for the average family now costs $13,375, according to Kaiser. Over the past decade, premiums have increased by 138 percent. And if the trend continues, by 2019 the average family plan will cost $30,083.
Three years of slightly above-average health insurance will cost a solid six figures.