Health Care Coverage in Parallel Universes

The American cable news channels are in full parallel-universe mode today, Saturday.

MSNBC had President Barack Obama, campaigning for health care reform in Minnesota. MSNBC televised the president’s speech in its entirety to a crowd of thousands. MSNBC’s cameras showed wide-angle views of the packed arena, people cheering wildly.

When the president explained the problems facing health care in America, someone in the audience shouted, “We’ve got to do something!” Mr. Obama agreed,  “We’ve got to do something.” It was a long way from Washington, where a congressman shouted at the president this week, “You lie.”

President Obama said he’s not going to waste any more time with cynical politicians who are clearly committed to defeating health care and destroying his presidency.

The crowd in Minnesota was “Fired up!” and “Ready to go!”

Meanwhile, over at FOX News, they were covering an anti-health care rally on the Mall back in Washington. The FOX News camera focused in tightly on a knot of demonstrators (two dozen? a hundred?) and one unknown speaker ranting about the First Amendment and “uniform taxation.” One thing you have to give the health-care opponents, they’re not a single-interest group. No indeed, they’ve got a gunny sack full  of gripes. (Correction: Later in the day I learned that there were a lot more than a hundred demonstrators in Washington. There were thousands and thousands. See note from Lizzi in Comments below.)

FOX was in Texas, too, providing air time to some Texan who was complaining about health care for everyone. What an un-American concept! Health care for all, even the unemployed, even the poor, even people with pre-existing conditions.

The Texan said the government ought to stay out of health care, because the government has no experience running such a program. Umm . . . What about Medicare? Senior citizens seem quite fond of Medicare. Who do you think runs Medicare?  What about Social Security, which has one-percent administrative costs? Who do you think runs Social Security?

And so it goes. MSNBC and FOX News, two professional cable news channels, reporting live from  parallel universes.

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3 responses to “Health Care Coverage in Parallel Universes

  1. There were thousands and thousands of marchers in Washington (200,000+)…a hell of alot more than here in Minneapolis. I would have liked to be in Washington DC today not here in Minneapolis where Obama was talking. He is preaching corruption…his presidency..I ask?? He is ruinning it himself and he has no one to blame. He just might go down in the History Books starting the next Revolution here in the United States. How do you like that one??

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  2. BJH

    Thank you Lizzy, I stand corrected. Later in the day I saw more news coverage making clear that there were thousands of demonstrators against health care reform in Washington.

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  3. Thank you BJH…for making that correction on your site. I don’t care if people have different opinions than mine, I don’t care if someone is Republican or Democrat….I just like the truth. Which is so very hard today to find.

    Here is a couple of lines from the Fox TV News web site which shows some of the lies this Administration (Obama’s)…I will also give you the web link to it so you can go check it out for yourself. Here it is:

    The White House on Friday claimed it was unaware of the planned rally.

    “I don’t know who the group is,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters with a shrug.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/09/12/tea-party-express-arrives-march-washington-protest-government-spending/

    And thank you once again for being honest and willing to correct that mistake, even though you don’t oppose it.

    But a House leadership aide warned fellow Democrats that up to 2 million demonstrators could turn out.

    “It looks like Saturday’s event is going to be a huge gathering, estimates ranging from hundreds of thousands to 2 million people,” Doug Thornell, an aide to Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., wrote in a memo obtained by FOXNews.com.

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