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Friday, March 26, 2010


TV coverage of the health care reform process focussed mostly on the political gamesmanship surrounding the bill, with very little time spent on what was actually in the bill itself. According to Slate's Dan Gross, the irony of the horserace coverage was that for all the prognosticating the pundits did, they were mostly wrong.

Comments [8]

Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

What opportunity, other than the obvious one that Obama was going to win his election, hasn't the overall media blown? The economic melt-down precipitated by the housing bubble? Beirne Madoff? Toyota's run amok? Enron? Tech stock bubble? Kerry wins (admittedly only an Internet phenomenon)? The run up to the Iraq War? They are the model of incompetence.

Apr. 02 2010 09:16 AM
Peg from South Dakota

I agree completely with Mr. Roof. I found it absolutely frustration how difficult it was to get factual information about what was actually in the bill(s) until after the final one passed. I'm still not sure I know what is in it. The misinformation was rampant and ubiquitous, but no one effectively countered with facts. I repeatedly wrote to my congressional representatives - and my local newspaper - asking for specifics about what they liked and disliked about the bill and why. No replies. Personally, I thought that was their JOB - to inform their constituents. Instead they were largely absent, issuing press releases and party-line rhetoric only. By the time the bill was resurrected, I was against it. It sounds better now (I, too, like Brooke, read the NY Times analysis after the bill passed to find out what was in it). I think the media had an opportunity here that was completely blown.

Mar. 30 2010 04:26 PM
Dan from Pennsylvania

I keep hearing that this bill will still leave many millions uninsured. Who are these people? I do not have insurance, nor finances to fund the purchase. How does one know if they will be among the newly covered or among those yet left rolling around the roulette wheel of life and death?!

Mar. 29 2010 12:36 AM
Rob from NY

As a government run and financed operation, I wonder how NPR feels about government run and financed health care....Duh.

Mar. 28 2010 10:24 PM
Rob from NY

NPR could not present the facts in a calm, clear, meaningful, and unbiased manner BEFORE the vote because the ARE biased. Get it?

Mar. 28 2010 10:21 PM
Peter Roof from Arlington, VA

I have learned more about what this bill has to offer only after it was passed. Up until this time the media, NPR included, covered this issue as if it was an upcoming sporting event. Sports coverage belongs on ESPN. I'm sure I could have dug deeper to find substance in the coverage before the vote but it would be hidden behind the horserace chatter. Perhaps the coverage only reflects the actions of the politicians as Democrats try to counter the fear-mongering of the Republicans. I would have preferred that NPR did what it does best and present the facts in a calm, clear, meaningful, and unbiased manner BEFORE the vote.

Mar. 28 2010 11:20 AM
Paul Viel from Oregon

Excellent interview telling us what we all know at heart. Political insiders are not as in touch as they think they are and the media especially most cable and radio no longer present news only mindless chatter. Many only giving opinion based on rumor and lacking any verification.

Mar. 27 2010 07:34 PM
Rob from NY

No, not fair enough.
Chris "Tingles" Matthews is selling Obama short?
Give me a break.
The narrative in the media is that Obama is the savior and the evil conservatives are trying to foil him for despicable reasons.
The media always covers for the left.

Mar. 27 2010 11:54 AM

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