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Media Fail at Fact Checking on 12 Year Old Voice of SCHIP; Blogs(Free Republic) Pick Up Slack
NewsBusters ^ | October 7, 2007

Posted on 10/08/2007 3:28:15 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084

The media piled on when President Bush used his veto pen on this children's health insurance bill. They tried to drop the absolute moral authority bomb on it big time and paint him as not caring about children. Now it looks like a little backfire is on the horizon.

On September 29th, 12 year old Graeme Frost of Maryland got to do the Democrats’ radio address, in which he told his story of how he and his sister were seriously injured in a car accident, and if it hadn’t been for SCHIP, they wouldn’t be here today. The Baltimore Sun did a story on the family, in which it stated the family couldn’t get health insurance through their work.

"Bonnie Frost works for a medical publishing firm; her husband, Halsey, is a woodworker. They are raising their four children on combined income of about $45,000 a year. Neither gets health insurance through work."

There were many others in the media that swallowed the story whole with its hook. All of them were missing greatly in one major thing, facts.

Freerepublic's icwhatudo, managed to find plenty of missing facts using google:

"First, Mr. Halsey Frost, Graeme’s father, owns his own woodworking design studio, Frostworks, so his claim that he can’t get health insurance through work is shockingly deceptive. He chooses not to get health care for his family. Second, Graeme and his sister Gemma attend the very exclusive Park School, which has a tuition of $20,000 a year, per child. Third, they live in a 3,000+ square foot home in a neighborhood with smaller homes that are selling for at least $400,000. "

Dan Collins concludes:

"I’m glad little Graham and his family were able to get help, and I hope he reaches full rehabilitation. But perhaps the Democrats ought to take more care in the spokespeople they choose, if they wish to tug at our heartstrings."

Then again, as Mark Steyn says:

"But who needs facts when you've got the human-interest angle sewn up?"

Roundup of blogosphere reactions at Stop The ACLU


TOPICS: Free Republic; Government; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: democratparty; graemefrost; healthinsurance; icwhatudo; pajamahadeen; schip
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How about a round of applause for icwhatudo?
1 posted on 10/08/2007 3:28:20 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084
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To: icwhatudo

Awesome! The next Buckhead.


2 posted on 10/08/2007 3:30:27 PM PDT by Kevmo (We should withdraw from Iraq via Tehran. And Duncan Hunter is just the man to get that job done.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

Salute to icwhatudo! Another example of the RATS lyin’ through their scummy teeth. Egads!


3 posted on 10/08/2007 3:31:36 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: icwhatudo

Your post has been cited by Newsbusters. Gratz!


4 posted on 10/08/2007 3:31:42 PM PDT by Forgiven_Sinner (The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is at all comprehensible.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084; icwhatudo

5 posted on 10/08/2007 3:33:11 PM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: Eric Blair 2084

BRAVO icwhatudo, BRAVO!

6 posted on 10/08/2007 3:33:46 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Eric Blair 2084; icwhatudo

This baby’s got legs!!!

PowerlineBlog.com has picked up on this, as well....

“October 7, 2007
Busted!

A Freeper took the trouble to investigate the 12-year-old who gave the Democrats’ weekly radio address last week, and whose family ostensibly is too poor to pay for medical insurance, and therefore wants to use your money instead. The results are hilarious. Mark Steyn has more here.

Why is it that the chance of any mainstream media reporter doing easy internet research to check the accuracy of the Democrats’ story, as this Freeper did, is exactly zero?”

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2007/10/018686.php


7 posted on 10/08/2007 3:34:18 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Tracking The Flyin' Imams Since 11/20/06)
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To: MaryFromMichigan

Nice job, icwhatyoudo!! This is detailed by Rush in his website today as well.


8 posted on 10/08/2007 3:35:29 PM PDT by vigilence
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To: Eric Blair 2084

The article says neither had health insurance. Did they have auto insurance? I just had an accident (not my fault) and my health insurance won’t touch it, but my car insurance will. Could they be double dipping?


9 posted on 10/08/2007 3:35:58 PM PDT by trustandobey
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To: icwhatudo
I See What You Do
Your eyes reflect: Mystery and allure

What's hidden behind your eyes: A quiet passion
What Color Should Your Eyes Be?

10 posted on 10/08/2007 3:39:15 PM PDT by Kevmo (We should withdraw from Iraq via Tehran. And Duncan Hunter is just the man to get that job done.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084; icwhatudo

Maybe we should all make an extra donation to FR this month to honor icwhatyoudo?


11 posted on 10/08/2007 3:39:48 PM PDT by tioga
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To: Eric Blair 2084
Applause?? Heck, let's give the guy(?) a standing ovation!!! This is the power of a free people, citizen journalism at its finest.

Every news "organization" that ran that claptrap ought to be standing on a ledge a hundred stories up taking one last breath. When a common citizen can do the work that multi-billion dollar, high-tech professionals can't or WON'T do, those organizations have ceased to be useful.

12 posted on 10/08/2007 3:41:07 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

So, they didn’t have car insurance that would have covered some/most medical expenses related to a car accident?


13 posted on 10/08/2007 3:42:36 PM PDT by Valpal1 ("I know the fittest have not survived when I watch Congress on CSPAN.")
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Shouldn’t auto insurance have covered their injuries in an auto accident anyway?


14 posted on 10/08/2007 3:43:48 PM PDT by falcon1966
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Freepers will be joining Waxman’s hit list along with Rush, Hannity, Levin, and all the other conservative talk show hosts. What Liberals fear the most is exposure of their lies and deceit.


15 posted on 10/08/2007 3:44:29 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Eric Blair 2084

Freepers — doing the job the media refuses to do.


16 posted on 10/08/2007 3:45:05 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: y'all

The “Not So Poor” 12 Year Old Who Rebutted Bush on SCHIP Veto
Multiple, Baltimore Sun ^ | 10-07-07 | self
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1907687/posts?page=1#1

Posted on 10/06/2007 10:42:57 PM PDT by icwhatudo


17 posted on 10/08/2007 3:46:01 PM PDT by Kevmo (We should withdraw from Iraq via Tehran. And Duncan Hunter is just the man to get that job done.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

19 posted on 10/08/2007 3:46:53 PM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

They never called 1-800-I-SUE-4U ???


20 posted on 10/08/2007 3:47:38 PM PDT by xcamel (FDT/2008)
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