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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Healthcare thought for the day

As the fixes bill goes back to the Senate for another vote, how do the Republicans look as they vigorously oppose it, now that the primary bill is passed, and the signing ceremony has taken place?

Isn't that going to feel way out of tone since the main feeling is that it's already done?


  • It will only feel out of tone if the media frame it that way: as Republicans having a spoiled brat temper tantrum.

    However, I think they'll continue to report as if the Tea Partiers represent 50% of America and Republicans are merely the loyal opposition with serious arguments.

    This type of false context reporting -- with no independent fact checking or factual framing -- lends legitimacy to the illegitimate, acceptability to the unacceptable and places a cloud of doubt in the minds of reasonable, but ill informed, people.

    By Blogger -epm, at 11:49 AM  

  • I'm kind of waiting to see how the press covers today's amendment fest. I think that'll give us a really good feel of the next week's coverage.

    Do they mock the amendments as ridiculous? Do they point oput that the Repubs are trying to maintain the "Cornhusker kickback" and all the other giveaways they were shouting about just a month ago?

    We are already seeing many Repubs go quiet or mournful in a way.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 12:58 PM  

  • No. The media won't look any deeper than the talking points. The actual amendments won't even make it on their radar. That's too wonky. Best to just report Republicans angry at Dems... Fighting for the voice of the minority.

    By Blogger -epm, at 1:11 PM  

  • I don't know. I'm kinda waiting to see. The media kinda likes the goofy stories, and a series of jokey amendment just might make the kind of list they like to run.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 1:28 PM  

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