Skip to comments.Media Fail at Fact Checking on 12 Year Old Voice of SCHIP; Blogs(Free Republic) Pick Up Slack
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 hadnt been for SCHIP, they wouldnt be here today. The Baltimore Sun did a story on the family, in which it stated the family couldnt 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, Graemes father, owns his own woodworking design studio, Frostworks, so his claim that he cant 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:
"Im 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
Awesome! The next Buckhead.
Salute to icwhatudo! Another example of the RATS lyin’ through their scummy teeth. Egads!
Your post has been cited by Newsbusters. Gratz!
This baby’s got legs!!!
PowerlineBlog.com has picked up on this, as well....
“October 7, 2007
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?”
Nice job, icwhatyoudo!! This is detailed by Rush in his website today as well.
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?
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Maybe we should all make an extra donation to FR this month to honor icwhatyoudo?
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.
So, they didn’t have car insurance that would have covered some/most medical expenses related to a car accident?
Shouldn’t auto insurance have covered their injuries in an auto accident anyway?
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.
Freepers — doing the job the media refuses to do.
The “Not So Poor” 12 Year Old Who Rebutted Bush on SCHIP Veto
Multiple, Baltimore Sun ^ | 10-07-07 | self
Posted on 10/06/2007 10:42:57 PM PDT by icwhatudo
They never called 1-800-I-SUE-4U ???