House Dems are saying they’re outraged and that they will have enough votes a robust public option in their bill.
HuffPo is reporting that Reid is only one or two votes away from an opt-out public option.
And Glenn Beck is tearfully wailing that his mother didn’t love him enough and let him nurse until his teens.
Of all that’s swirling around, it is impossible to know what is true at this moment in time. It is not surprising that Republican leaning sites like Politico would try to push opinion against Dems and the public option. I actually find them the most objectionable. They are reporting their beliefs as fact even though it contradicts other information. Yes, they have some sources telling them what they print but when a site represents itself as a news site, conflicting accounts should be vetted. Instead, as we’ve seen at HuffPo as well, internet journalism means never having to say you’re sorry.
Publishing opinion or one side of conflicting views as fact is A-OK in today’s world of news. Just look at the WSJ.
So, the public option on being informed is, “Who do you choose to believe?” Most Fox loyalists believe Obama is a Marxist, Nigerian Al Qaeda member who wants to outlaw guns, pizza and naming children “Clem”. Meanwhile, many HuffPo loyalists claim to have seen Arianna on “Walking on Water with the Celebrities” and see any criticism of Obama as an act of betrayal.
In the current marketplace of ideas, there is brand loyalty. Many news shoppers choose their news product like toothpaste and remain a faithful customer of that brand, even if an item is highly questionable, clearly exploitative or patronizing.
The truth does not necessarily lie between all of these sources, consuming news from multiple outlets that mislead from time to time or often will not point the way to truth.
As with being a smart shopper, a news consumer’s loyalty should only be to acquiring the truth for oneself. You have to be a smart shopper and analyze the ingredients of what you’re consuming, the more hysteria, exploitation for financial or political gain and high fructose corn syrup are contained in that news you consume, the less beneficial that news is for you.
So, shop smart. Compare all news products, even the smaller brands you’ve never bought into before so you can ultimately buy fresh, unprocessed organic news whenever possible. Your country, your planet and your blood pressure will thank you.