Reading through the AP and Reuters wire articles last night and today it’s clear that the corporate media wants the public option dead and buried. To use an analogy apropos from the season based on what the corporate media has reported the public option has been killed and comeback from the dead more than Halloween’s Jason. After Senate Majority Reid announced that he will bring the public option to the Senate floor the corporate media wasted no time looking for opposition and reasons that the public option is all but dead.
How does the media try to kill the public option?
- The sold out forth estate still frames the public debate in this country. They are trying to kill the public option with the misleading words they use. While the public option has mass appeal to liberals and moderates they frame the debate as the public option being some kind of wacko liberal idea. The corporate media keeps on claiming it is “centrist” and “moderate” Democrats that are trying to save us from this evil “government run” program even though the Democrats against it are “conservative” and “corporate” Democrats.
- The corporate media reports any lame statement an opposing Senator like Lieberman says against the public option as fact like they did yesterday with no fact checking. Moreover the moneyed media sources print conjecture as fact. One of the new narratives they are pushing is that Senator Reid just put the public option out there as a sacrificial lamb to keep us progressives happy. Of course this is not news they are reporting but just options from strategists who want to kill the public option as well.
- The failed fourth estate downplays the fact that the vast majority of the Democratic Senators want the public option though you would not know it from reports yesterday. While they know the public option has broad support they are trying to take our voices away and report the fewer opposing voices. The paid off media has no interest actually reporting what the majority of the people want.
- The main stream media never reports the real reason that “corporate” and “conservative” Democrats are not against the public option. They continue to spread the narrative that these Democrats do not support eh public option because they are listening to their more conservative constituents but it’s really because they are bought and paid for by the insurance lobby. For over 60% of Lieberman’s constituents in Connecticut, liberals and moderates alike want the public option to compete with private insurance even though Hartford is the like Detroit for insurance companies.
Like I said yesterday the public option is still a heavy lift and the prize is still a ways off but one thing we must keep clear in this fight is who is with us, who is against us and who can be convinced. The corporate media is one of our enemies in this fight for sure. The reason why they are our enemy is simple. They will get ZERO ad revenue from a public plan and less ad revenue from private insurance and provider entities because they will need to cut costs when they compete with a public plan. To keep in the mood of the season, let’s root for Jason to drag down these corporate media demigods while they doze off in their raft in the middle of the lake while millions suffer from out healthcrap system.