Archive for June 11th, 2009

Fox Newsworthiness

So, according to BillO, the fatal shooting of an Army recruiter should have gotten a lot more media coverage, the fatal shooting of Dr. Tiller by a right-wing nut was over-covered, and the shooting of two Holocaust Museum guards by another right-wing nut isn’t even interesting at all:

O’Reilly never covered the shooting on his show. In fact, the only mention of the act of domestic terrorism came in a segment that, ironically, decried the media’s inadequate coverage of Long’s death:

O’REILLY: But the central question remains according to a new Pew study, the American media spent far more time on the murder of Tiller than on the murder of Private Long. … 10 to 1 the Pew study which was released yesterday, 10 to 1 more coverage. I mean, come on, come on.

[…]

O’REILLY: All right. Now, we had a murder today at the Holocaust Museum in D.C.

HENICAN: That was an awful case. Awful.

O’REILLY: Now, this is an 89-year-old anti-Semite bigot kills an innocent guy in the Holocaust Museum. OK? Now, what about the newsworthiness of this? … Is it as newsworthy as Private Long?

I can kind of see BillO’s point.  After all, is it really news anymore that the far right is populated by homicidal crazies?  It’s almost a dog-bites-man kind of thing.  Now, if someone from the left goes off and starts shooting people, that would be some news.

(Note: As best I can tell, that doesn’t appear to be what happened with the recruiter shooting.)

June 11th, 2009 at 07:57pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Republicans,Terrorism,Wankers

Random Philly Photoblogging

Almost but not quite architectural in theme…

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2 comments June 11th, 2009 at 11:33am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging

AMA WTF?

Apparently the American Medical Association doesn’t want to treat sick people:

[I]n comments submitted to the Senate Finance Committee, the American Medical Association said: “The A.M.A. does not believe that creating a public health insurance option for non-disabled individuals under age 65 is the best way to expand health insurance coverage and lower costs. The introduction of a new public plan threatens to restrict patient choice by driving out private insurers, which currently provide coverage for nearly 70 percent of Americans.”

If private insurers are pushed out of the market, the group said, “the corresponding surge in public plan participation would likely lead to an explosion of costs that would need to be absorbed by taxpayers.”

(…)

Under a proposal favored by many Democrats, doctors who take Medicare patients would also have to participate in the new public plan. Democrats say that requirement is needed to make sure the public plan can go into business right away with a large network of doctors.

The medical association said it “cannot support any plan design that mandates physician participation.” For one thing, it said, “many physicians and providers may not have the capability to accept the influx of new patients that could result from such a mandate.”

“In addition,” the A.M.A. said, “federal programs traditionally have never required physician or other provider participation, but rather such participation has been on a voluntary basis.”

Thankfully, not all physician associations are run by complete asshats:

The A.M.A., an umbrella group for 180 medical societies, does not speak for all doctors. One group, Physicians for a National Health Program, supports a single-payer system of insurance, in which a single public agency would pay for health services, but most care would still be delivered by private doctors and hospitals. In recent years, some doctors have become so fed up with the administrative hassles of private insurance that they are looking for alternatives.

If you want to listen to doctors on healthcare, listen to them.

June 11th, 2009 at 06:41am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Healthcare,Wankers


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