Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Selectively Reporting the News

Here is a post by Dean Baker on his Beat the Press blog pointing out political bias in the Washington Post version of "the news":
The Washington Post managed to completely ignore the Congressional Budget Office's projections showing that Representative Ryan's privatized Medicare system would increase the cost of providing Medicare equivalent policies by $34 trillion over the program's 75-year planning period. This sum is nearly 7 times the size of the projected Social Security shortfall, a topic that has received an enormous amount of attention in the Washington Post. It comes to roughly $110,000 for every man, woman, and child in the country.This additional cost is money that would be transferred from households to private insurers and health care providers.

Failing to mention the enormous waste that CBO projects would result from the Ryan plan is like writing a history of the 1940s and neglecting to mention World War II, only in the Washington Post.
It is not surprising that so much of the US electorate constantly votes for the party of the top 1%. The media fails to deliver "the news" that points out the lies and manipulations used by the GOP to hoodwink the public.

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