Friday, August 28, 2009

Prairie Grass Roots

"You're a liar!" McCaskill health care forum turns rowdy. KC Prime Buzz. Hmm, the paper's blog shows a picture of a man in a Cardinal's shirt, the assumption being he was the one who called her a liar, but the story notes it was a woman. They don't tell us what the woman thought was a lie, nor what the man's impassioned question was. Poor reporting.

Gee, do you think the KC paper is trying to imply an angry white male stereotype? If you follow through another link with video the Cardinal fan was asking whether he would have to pay a fine if he did not want the public plan. In another question, McCaskill was asked about whether the plan would result in shortages of doctors. She was pretty vague. Betsy McCaughey is more specific, and she quotes Obama healthcare adviser Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel. Perhaps Sen. McCaskill should read him as well. And of course, there is no mention by McCaskill of tort reform, which would save billions.

North Dakota Astroturfing Story Makes The New York Times. Say Anything. Cap and trade in coal country--a hard sell.

P.S. Fargo Forum covers California liberal Dem Rep. Pete Stark's intemperate outburst, where he called the moderate Blue Dog Dems he needs to pass his healthcare bill "brain dead". Big pull quote from the AP story in their print edition:
"They're for the most part, I hate to say brain dead, but they're just looking to raise money from insurance companies and promote a right-wing agenda that is not really very useful in this whole process,"
That article accompanied this front page story on older Americans' worries about these bills. And it looks like the AARP is reconsidering their implied support, given their significant loss of members recently.

P.P.S. And this is a great letter to the editor by Kay Syvrud, Hawley, MN. "Don’t be fooled by liberal spin on town hall protests"

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