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Friday, July 09, 2010

Media Ignores Obama's Healthcare Boss Appointment

"Guess this is not news Eh?"

Oh it IS news, just not the kind of news they want you to know.

Hey folks,

Happy Friday to you. Who said this?

"The decision is not whether or not we will ration care -- the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open. And right now, we are doing it blindly."
Or this? Praising Socialized Medicine?

"Sick people tend to be poorer and that poor people tend to be sicker and that any health care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized, and humane must, must redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and the less fortunate. Excellent health care is by definition redistributional. Britain, you chose well."
That's right. The same guy that is now going to be in charge of telling Grandma, "Sorry. Here, take a pill and die." And he MEANS it. Here is a guy that wants to create the utopia of Universal Healthcare, where the Government decides who lives and who dies, right here in America. Just like Obama, who actually said THIS.

So, Obama, decides to wait until Congress goes on Vacation. Then, when there is no chance for this Moron, Donald Berwick to testify publicly as to what he believes, Obama just appoints him. Obama did not want him talking openly about what he believes because he believe EXACTLY like Obama. He is a Pawn to bring forth the Obama agenda. Just like any and everyone else Obama just appoints or nominates.

So there is really no big news here. Yeah, so this guy agrees that there really should be Death Panels. Yes he will now decide who lives and who dies. But hey, this is not news. The Octopus that predicts World Cup Winners. Now THAT is news. Lindsay Lohan? Now that's news. Ringo's 70th Birthday? THAT's news. Here is the piece.

Barack Obama's decision to make a recess appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick to run Medicare has been vastly ignored by the mainstream news media, despite the fact Berwick has made controversial statements favoring rationing of medical care.

As's Terry Jeffrey reported Dr. Berwick, at a talk celebrating the 60th birthday of Great Britain's National Health Service, told the audience to be wary of returning to a free enterprise based system as he warned: "Please, don't put your faith in market forces," and urged them "I hope you will never, ever give up on what you have begun" and rallied the crowd: "I hope you realize and affirm how badly you need–how badly the world needs–an example at scale of a health care system that is universal, accessible, excellent and free at the point of care–a health system that, at its core is like the world we wish we had: generous, hopeful, confident, joyous and just."
Ah, the Utopia of Universal Healthcare. The DREAM. Too bad that is NOT reality. It is none of the things Berdick depicts here.

Berwick even ominously told his audience at Biotechnology Healthcare, "The decision is not whether or not we will ration care, the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open."

So given Berwick's rather outspoken faith in socialized medicine the news that Obama is planning to circumvent Congress with a recess appointment, to have him head Medicare, had to be big news, right? Well not according to NBC, CBS and ABC news, as there was no mention of the President's decision to make the recess appointment on Tuesday night's NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News or ABC's World News.

In fact the embargo on the information continued through Wednesday morning as there were zero mentions on ABC's Good Morning America and CBS's The Early Show. Only NBC's Today show mentioned the news as Lester Holt, in an 8am news brief on the July 7 show, told viewers the following:

President Obama is expected to appoint his choice to oversee Medicare and Medicaid today, while Congress is in recess. This means Dr. Donald Berwick won't have to undergo Senate confirmation hearings. Republicans had wanted to question the Harvard professor and healthcare policy expert about comments he made on rationing medical care.

[UPDATE: On Wednesday night, July 7, ABC, CBS and NBC again skipped Berwick, but all found time to mark Ringo Starr’s 70th birthday and his wish for people around the world to declare “peace and love,” while ABC’s Diane Sawyer also squeezed in a look at an octopus in Germany which supposedly correctly predicted wins and losses by Germany’s World Cup soccer team.]

While the Wednesday Today show did offer that 20 seconds to the Dr. Berwick story, in contrast they were much more enthusiastic about the news that actress Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail for her run-ins with the law as they devoted 21 minutes and 37 seconds to the starlet. Over on ABC's Good Morning America, where they ignored the Berwick appointment, they spent 7 minutes and 23 seconds dedicated to Lohan with CBS's Early Show logging in 5 minutes.

Wednesday night the CBS Evening News led the networks in amount of time spent on Lohan with 42 seconds, followed by NBC Nightly News and ABC's World News at 30 seconds a piece.

So, in total, the three major broadcast networks, from last night through today's morning shows, have devoted 35 minutes and 42 seconds to Lohan and only a scant 20 seconds to Obama's recess appointment of Berwick.

To read more about Berwick please read's coverage.

— Geoffrey Dickens is the Senior News Analyst at the Media Research Center. You can follow him on Twitter here
So there you have it folks, No big deal. Forget the facts. This is NOT news. Just, hey, look at Lohan. Poor girl. Forget that Obama is just simply doing whatever he wants, Constitutional or NOT, and until November and 2012, there is nothing anyone can do to stop him. Of course, the Media, who IS State Run, WILL ignore any and all of it. Then they will dutifully attack ANY Republican that posses a threat to Obama. Screw the Country. They have to protect Obama. It's now their Job.

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