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The Ministry of Truth by American Elephant

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Not to be outdone by bowing Brian Williams’ fawning White House slobberfest, Charlie Gibson and ABC News will be broadcasting live from the White House for an entire evening pushing Barack Obama’s steath Socialist health care plan, capping an entire day of such coverage, with no opposing views presented.

From Drudge:

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 [sic] opposing voices on the debate. [read more]

Republicans heard about the special coverage ABC was affording Obama and requested that Republicans be allowed to present their views as well. ABC rejected their request outright (emphasis mine):

Dear Mr. Westin:

As the national debate on health care reform intensifies, I am deeply concerned and disappointed with ABC’s astonishing decision to exclude opposing voices on this critical issue on June 24, 2009. Next Wednesday, ABC News will air a primetime health care reform “town hall” at the White House with President Barack Obama. In addition, according to an ABC News report, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, WORLD NEWS, NIGHTLINE and ABC’s web news “will all feature special programming on the president’s health care agenda.” This does not include the promotion, over the next 9 days, the president’s health care agenda will receive on ABC News programming.

Today, the Republican National Committee requested an opportunity to add our Party’s views to those of the President’s to ensure that all sides of the health care reform debate are presented. Our request was rejected. I believe that the President should have the ability to speak directly to the America people. However, I find it outrageous that ABC would prohibit our Party’s opposing thoughts and ideas from this national debate, which affects millions of ABC viewers.

In the absence of opposition, I am concerned this event will become a glorified infomercial to promote the Democrat agenda. If that is the case, this primetime infomercial should be paid for out of the DNC coffers. President Obama does not hold a monopoly on health care reform ideas or on free airtime. The President has stated time and time again that he wants a bipartisan debate. Therefore, the Republican Party should be included in this primetime event, or the DNC should pay for your airtime.

Respectfully,
Ken McKay
Republican National Committee
Chief of Staff

ABC responded basically, “Nu uh!  We’ll be TOTALLY fair and critical and stuff — you know, like we were during the election! But no, we don’t want to hear anything any Republicans have to say”:

…ABC News prides itself on covering all sides of important issues and asking direct questions of all newsmakers — of all political persuasions — even when others have taken a more partisan approach and even in the face of criticism from extremes on both ends of the political spectrum.  ABC News is looking for the most thoughtful and diverse voices on this issue.   ABC News alone will select those who will be in the audience asking questions of the president.  Like any programs we broadcast, ABC News will have complete editorial control.  To suggest otherwise is quite unfair to both our journalists and our audience. [read more] [via Michelle Malkin]

Notice they say, “direct questions” not “tough” questions, not “critical” questions, but direct questions. “Why is your plan so awesome?” is a direct question. “Can I have your autograph” is another direct question. Direct questions are not necessarily helpful or even relevant.

And while they are looking for the most, “thoughtful and diverse voices,” they still won’t allow any Republicans the opportunity to counter Obama’s pitch. Nor have they announced any plans to hold a primetime town hall meeting where audience members will be able to ask questions about Republican health care proposals.

I suspect they would cancel the Republican response to the State of the Union if they thought they could get away with it.

You think Charlie Gibson will tap his foot and look down his nose at Obama the way he did Sarah Palin? You think the network that STILL refuses to offer The Path to 9/11 for sale at the request of the Clintons will ask Obama why Democrats have openly admitted that his plan is designed to destroy private health care? You think this network that has carried his water during and since the election will point out that even the CBO admits Obama’s plan will throw millions of Americans off their private plans?

Pffft!

In order to feign a sense of objectivity, they will allow some audience members to ask pre-approved questions that sound somewhat critical, but that the president is more than prepared to answer. But there will be no truly tough questions, there will be no follow ups, and Obama’s plan which is designed to drive the private industry out of business, will come off as the perfect cure to everything that ails American health care. Americans will believe that is actually will cut costs, improve care, keep their personal coverage safe, and probably promote world peace. None of which it will do.

Orwell’s Ministry of Truth actualized.

Perhaps a new slogan is in order as well… “More Americans get their unadulterated propaganda from ABC News than from anywhere else.”

(h/t Hot Air)

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