Perhaps the biggest thing that stood out to us at President Obama’s AARP town hall yesterday was that the White House appears to be losing the message war on health care. How do we know? Just listen to the questions the AARP callers had. Several of them asked about ‘rumors,’ and they also brought up GOP talking points on ‘rationing’ or the government coming to your house to ask how you want to die (!!!).
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The White House doesn’t want to give Glenn Beck a bigger platform or extra oxygen — especially regarding his remark yesterday that the president has “a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture” — so they won’t comment, even off record. Beck, after all, is a radio DJ who somehow ended up getting a national platform to give his opinion on politics. What’s most amazing about this episode is that what Beck said isn’t a fireable or even a SUSPENDABLE offense by his bosses. There was a time when outrageous rants like this would actually cost the ranters their jobs.
Yeah, its crazy to give absolute nutters a platform to spew their… what’s that?
I’ll never understand it when members of the media – especially influential outlets like NBC News – act as if a disembodied entity called “the media” is doing something totally weird and nutty when outlets like NBC are right up front committing the malpractice in question.