“I fear that the way the media has been reporting on reform has played a significant role in shaping the public’s perception of both the president and what some like to call “ObamaCare,” personalizing the issue, as if reform were merely the president’s favorite hobby-horse.
Begin with coverage of health care reform. In recent weeks, Media Matters has done an excellent job of tracking how “the media continues to spread conservative misinformation on health care reform.” Here are just a few examples:
? “Despite clear progress, media declare health care reform nearing “life support”
? “On health care reform, networks highlight perceived setbacks far more than progress” July 22
? “Politico ignores contradictions in calls by “moderates” for lower costs, limits on public plan” July 20
? “CBS’ Smith advanced falsehood that Dems are taxing small businesses to fund health bill” July 19
? “NY Times ignores House health bill’s exemption protecting small businesses”
? “Wash. Post column cites inapplicable CBO assessment to claim public plan option has ‘huge cost, minor benefit'” July 07
? “CNN.com joins Republican fear-mongering about Canadian-style health care” July 07
And here I’m not even including the over-the-top distortions of the truth that have become regular fare on Fox News, and in the pages of some decidedly conservative newspapers.”
There’s much more on her blog.