ABC “News” and President Obama: a Match Made in…?

June 16, 2009

I find the following absolutely frightening:

On the night of June 24, the media and government become one, when ABC turns its programming over to President Obama and White House officials to push government run health care — a move that has ignited an ethical firestorm!

Highlights on the agenda:

ABCNEWS anchor Charlie Gibson will deliver WORLD NEWS from the Blue Room of the White House.

The network plans a primetime special — ‘Prescription for America’ — originating from the East Room, exclude opposing voices on the debate.

The Director of Communications at the White House Office of Health Reform is Linda Douglass, who worked as a reporter for ABC News from 1998-2006.

So the supposed American “watchdog” news media has now enlisted itself into the (official) service of the President.  Not that this wasn’t the case before, but now it appears ABC News is doing it without pretense, with what it presumes is popular support for such a move (otherwise it would keep up the pretense of objectivity). 

If the schools and the news media are both ultimately made the maidens of the American government, what will distinguish this government from fascism?  The government will have put itself in charge of distributing official informationpropaganda, not to mention running formerly private companies.  It doesn’t appear that there is much that Obama can do to outrage the common spoon-fed American, and the Republicans don’t have the power to do much to stop him (not that they don’t deserve a lot of the blame for creating this mess in the first place).  The people will have to wait about 17 months before they get a chance to chime in on Obama’s aggressive government healthcare plan, and hopefully by then the opposing views will have been spread by the new “word of mouth” (the internet).  It reminds one of the pre-corporate news media era in Colonial America.


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