ABC to Turn Over Their Show to Obama for Obamacare Infomercial

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Like something out of Totalitarian China, ABC is becoming the official state media outlet for their nightly programming on June 25th, turning the programming over to Obama and White House officials for what amounts to an another Obamamercial for his government-run healthcare package. When the RNC protested and asked that an opposing viewpoint be offered on the White House show, ABC declined.

[...] Next Wednesday, ABC News will air a primetime health care reform “town hall” at the White House with President Barack Obama. In addition, according to an ABC News report, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, WORLD NEWS, NIGHTLINE and ABC’s web news “will all feature special programming on the president’s health care agenda.” This does not include the promotion, over the next 9 days, the president’s health care agenda will receive on ABC News programming.

Today, the Republican National Committee requested an opportunity to add our Party's views to those of the President's to ensure that all sides of the health care reform debate are presented. Our request was rejected. I believe that the President should have the ability to speak directly to the America people. However, I find it outrageous that ABC would prohibit our Party's opposing thoughts and ideas from this national debate, which affects millions of ABC viewers.

In the absence of opposition, I am concerned this event will become a glorified infomercial to promote the Democrat agenda. If that is the case, this primetime infomercial should be paid for out of the DNC coffers. President Obama does not hold a monopoly on health care reform ideas or on free airtime. The President has stated time and time again that he wants a bipartisan debate. Therefore, the Republican Party should be included in this primetime event, or the DNC should pay for your airtime.

ABC news instead responded with an affirmation of the bias this broadcast will maintain:
"ABCNEWS alone will select those who will be in the audience asking questions of the president. Like any programs we broadcast, ABC News will have complete editorial control. To suggest otherwise is quite unfair to both our journalists and our audience."
[Source: Drudge Report]


cura_te_ipsum said...

While this is not surprising, it is upsetting. Americans watching ABC are going to be convinced that they are going to get better healthcare for less cost. Silencing the RNC hides the fact that Obamacare would drive out advanced medical technology and costly cancer drugs, implement quotas and doctor cuts, have bureaucrats rationing our care, and in the long run, reduce the amount and hence, quality of students going to medical school. No longer will the best and brightest be performing your surgery. Moreover, the cost of Obamacare will be astronomical! If you thought Medicare was costing this country a lot, you haven't seen anything yet.

How would you feel about hospitals and doctors run with the fiscal prudence of social security, the efficiency of the DMV, the reliability of the Post Office and the sympathy of the IRS. I think that pretty much sums up government-run healhcare.

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