I really don’t have words any more to describe what goes on in Washington and how it’s reported (or not reported) by the media. There was big news yesterday as the House of Representatives voted to repeal Barack Obama’s health care law. There were also the comments by Democrat Rep. Steve Cohen who compared Republican remarks on health care to the Nazi propaganda machine. Both should be major news, but on this morning’s home pages of the major news outlets, nary a mention is made of either.
First, the vote
By a count of 245-189, the new Republican majority voted to repeal Obama’s health care legislation. As reported by Fox News, three Democrats also voted for repeal.
The Congress can do better in terms of replacing Obamacare with common-sense reforms that will bring down the cost of health insurance and expand access for more Americans,” House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor took aim at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has said he won’t even take up the repeal measure in his chamber.
“I’ve got a problem with the assumption here that somehow the Senate can be a place for a legislation to go into a cul-de-sac or a dead end,” he said. “The American people deserve a full hearing. They deserve to see this legislation go to the Senate for a full vote.”
The vote marked a turning point for Congress in that it actually did something the American people wanted. At the time of its original passage, there was not a single poll in the country that showed a majority of Americans wanting the health care bill. Yet the Democrats had the numbers (and their left wing agenda), and they pushed it through anyway.
For some background as to the current mood of the American people, in the latest Rasmussen Reports poll, 55% of likely voters “favor repeal of the health care law.” Sixty percent of those surveyed “say the legislation will likely increase the federal deficit, while just 17% say it will reduce the deficit.”
Second, the comment
Remember all the comments by the media and left wingers about how heated rhetoric leads to violence? They were in an uproar about the root causes of the Tucson shootings, even without knowing any of the facts. So, given everything they said about “vitriol” and the consequences for certain statements, what do you think they think of Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), who on Wednesday compared the GOP to Nazis. Cohen went on to say to compare GOP rhetoric with the propaganda that led to the Holocaust.
This is absolutely outrageous! For those of you who don’t know, as Fox News reminds readers that “blood libel” is “a historically and false anti-Semitic charge that Jews killed Christian children to use their blood in religious rituals.” Sarah Palin mentioned it in her speech last week and was criticized by the media. Now Cohen does the same thing, but goes way overboard in comparing this debate to the Holocaust.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) condemned Cohen’s remarks.
“No matter how strong one’s objections to any policy or to the tactics of political opponents, invoking the Holocaust and the Nazi effort to exterminate the Jewish people is offensive and has no place in a civil political discourse,” ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman said in a statement.
At least someone is stepping forward to say something!
Third, the “coverage”
As you can see, there was big news in Washington on Wednesday, right? Apparently not. The so-called main stream media doesn’t see it that way. This morning, as of the writing of this column, only Fox News had the health care vote as the lead story. CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, and the New York Times all had other items to focus on.
Just click an item to see an image of that site’s home page:
New York Times
What a collection of lead stories. Unfortunately, none of the sites actually focused on what was really happening in this country. Surprising? No. Disappointing? Yes. The good news is that the American people are awake. They are paying attention. They want accountable, responsible government, regardless of what the media and the left want to give them.