Thursday, April 15, 2010

PBS Shies from Single-Payer Debate

By Margaret Flowers
April 15, 2010

It was with a sense of déjà vu that I watched the latest PBS Frontline documentary about health care.

Read on.


Anonymous said...

I saw dr flowers on bill moyers, where she told how whe was thrown out of the baucus hearings. Dr Flowers, why can't you have a big sunday op ed on this in the ny times?
Her article here points up the problem with our public supported media, which is mostly corporate sponsored, and timid, and tries to equalize between right and left, while pretending not to. We need true public media funded adequately by congress,to avoid corp contamination of the issues.

What about t.r. reid and frontline...didn't frontline leave our or dilute his main points, that single payer or the like was effectively used in other countries? So I read he said he was through with pbs. He was on cspan program In Depth recently for 3 hours, but I don't think he mentioned his pbs frontline differences of opinion, for some reason. Does anyone know about this?

rosemerry said...

It is the monumental conceit of the US population, 5 percent of the global figure, who think they can learn nothing from the rest of the world. Cuba and Venezuela, denigrated by the USA, have far better health and education for the majority than has the USA, which only leads the world in arms exports and invading other countries.
PBS seems infected by the general virus.

John said...

The continuous string of headlines implying surprise at the journalistic shortcomings of PBS belie totally unfounded expectation.

PBS is no different from the rest of the main-stream-media EXCEPT for it's dripping, self-important smugness.

I post the words of Matthew Murrey, who unfortunately is discontinuing his blog, but who still invites you to use the archives @:

"I can not think of one example where NPR news has challenged the fundamental assumptions underlying the projection of US power at home or abroad - domestic surveillance, torture, military spending, government secrecy, aggressive war, so-called counterinsurgency, predatory corporatism, etc.

Over the course of the last year, the work on this blog has started to have a bit of the Groundhog Day feel to it: I've found myself essentially writing the same articles over and over. The situation changes but the fundamental pattern remains the same: NPR parrots Pentagon press releases; NPR ignores or minimizes the grossest violations of human rights and dignity when committed by the US or its allies; NPR refuses to mention international laws and treaties when they are broken by the US or its allies; NPR provides unchallenged airtime for government, military and corporate spokespersons; etc., etc.

I'm going to leave this blog up and post only very infrequently, if at all. God knows what the future holds with the economy, continuing US/Israeli aggression and genocidal policies toward Palestinians, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the tea party extremists, and the possibility of war on Iran. For now I invite anyone to link, borrow or steal from this blog's archives in order to spread the word that NPR news is not liberal, not balanced, not factual, and not worth supporting in any way, shape or form."