Monday, June 22, 2009

Abdication of Freedom

Stunning to see how willingly the media is willing to abandon its independence - crucial to its integrity - in order to place themselves in service of the soft tyranny of Barack Obama.

The New York Times, alway a bastion of liberal thought, has gone so far as to create wildly skewed polls in order to suggest that Barack Obama has massive support for his nationalization of Americ'a health care. With a headline shrieking “Wide Support for Government-Run Health”, we read:

Americans overwhelmingly support substantial changes to the health care system and are strongly behind [72%] one of the most contentious proposals Congress is considering, a government-run insurance plan to compete with private insurers, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

Here's the skew:

73 percent of respondents divulged who they voted for last November. 48 percent said Obama, 25 percent McCain.
What this means is this poll surveyed 66 percent Obama supporters versus 34 percent McCain.
As the final tally last year was 53 percent to 46 percent, this poll WAY oversampled Obama voters.
And you wonder why the survey found so much support for Obamacare?

So much for the truth. ABC can't be bothered with such trivialities, they need presidential access !

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.

ABC insists it will present a balanced picture — as balanced, we suppose, as the political contributions of ABC News employees who gave 80 times more to Obama's campaign ($124,421 to $1,550) as they did to his opponent, John McCain.

With numbers like that, it doesn't take a genius to know what ABC's political atmosphere is like. In any case, ABC's output speaks for itself. The Media Research Center's Business & Media Institute has shown that in the first half of 2009, ABC sources quoted in health care stories shilled for ObamaCare 55 times to its opponents' 18 — a 3-to-1 margin.

The best proof that the public is getting propaganda is that ABC is refusing to take ads from critics who are offering to pay for them. Among those turned away: the Republican National Committee and a group called Conservatives for Patients' Rights.

Amazing. What are the chances they will present balanced reporting, when they won't even allow opposing forces to pay to tell their side?

I guess I thought we were made of sterner stuff, and would fight off facism with every bone in our American marrow. Instead, the institutions most critical in spreading truth to the population have instead chosen willingly to abdicate their freedom (and ours as well) so that they may fare a little better than the rest under the current regime.

The media has gone to working for us to serving him. Worse than their betrayal of our citizens is their abdication of their own primary value - freedom - in the hope of being granted "favored "status. Like all who toss aside their morals in the hope of gaining momentary advantage, they are not to be trusted -or believed - again.

Thus is the fate of all traitors...

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