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Journalists Instructed to Report on Benefits of Obamacare: "There's Only Upside" ^ | January 30, 2013 | Rusty Weiss

Posted on 01/30/2013 5:46:54 PM PST by Kaslin

rlier this month, FreedomWorks covered a suspect symposium being sponsored by a pro-Obamacare organization, designed to provide journalists with "specialized education in health care reporting”.

The anticipation of media bias was palpable.

The symposium, sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund, hosted by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), held at Reuters headquarters in New York City, and with a featured student body of 17 mainstream reporters - including the Dallas Morning News, Reuters, and Money Magazine - has since come to pass, and the concerns of blatant media bias should be even more heightened in the aftermath.

The SABEW has posted a recap of events at their 'Business of Health Care Symposium' on their web site, and the emphasis is clearly directed at the positive aspects of Obamacare.

For example, in a section titled 'Spreading the Word to America', speaker Rachel Klein explains to the reporters that "a key challenge" in messaging lies in "informing consumers of how the ACA (Affordable Care Act) will benefit them".

Klein adds that, "The majority of uninsured Americans don’t know the health reform law will help them."

Benefit.  Help.  The positive tone has been set.

Klein's presentation was accompanied by a slideshow presentation that provided reporters with "targeting messages".

In another section covering the effects of the ACA on small business, speaker Ben Geyerhahn explains how reporters "can alleviate the fear that small business owners have" in regards to the ACA.

Geyerhahn tells reporters that "The simplest thing is to say ... There's no negative here for you."

"There's only upside," he surmises.

Shouldn't a fair and balanced media be reporting on both the upside and the downside?  Shouldn't they be reporting on both the benefits and the detriments?

Not with the Commonwealth Fund financing this event apparently.

The Commonwealth Fund is a private organization that makes no secret of their support for Obama's universal health care plan.  The group’s President up until last month, Karen Davis, trumpeted their role in the reform process:

“The Commonwealth Fund marshaled its resources this year to produce timely and rigorous work that helped lay the groundwork for the historic Affordable Care Act, signed by President Obama in March 2010.”

Perhaps more troubling than looking at the Commonwealth Fund as hosts of such an event when they clearly harbor a pro-Obamacare agenda, is the nature of the actual speakers at this journalism training session.

First, the symposium was kicked off by a former member of the Obama Administration, Sherry Glied, who served under the President at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Then there are the actual speakers representing the Commonwealth Fund - an act that may violate the SABEW Code of Ethics - Stuart Guterman and David Blumenthal.

Guterman serves as executive director of the Commonwealth commission, and isn't necessarily impartial with his political donations either, having contributed $1,000 to President Obama, and $2,000 to senate Democrats this past election cycle.

David Blumenthal is a former health care adviser to President Barack Obama, and current president of the Commonwealth Fund.  Like Guterman, his political activities include substantial contributions to prominent Democrats during the past election cycle.

You'll notice that Blumenthal's campaign contributions came when he served as chief health information and innovation officer at Partners HealthCare, a position he held up until last month when he became Commonwealth Fund president.

Partners HealthCare itself, also contributed vast amounts to promote Democrat causes in the previous election cycle.  Not only did Blumenthal's organization donate a whopping $62,000 to President Obama last year, but of the $123,524 in total contributions to candidates, over $119,000 of it went to Democrats - a rate of nearly 97%.

In short, Blumenthal, his past and current organizations, and his associates are strong promoters of the liberal cause for health care reform.  They are cheerleaders for Obamacare.

And they're training journalists on how to provide you, the reader, information on the President's signature legislation.

This may be one of the most blatant examples of media bias and propaganda in journalism today.

This report first appeared at FreedomWorks

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: deathpanels; mediabias; mediapatsies; msmaspawns; msmbias; msmobeys; nointegrity; nojournalism; obamacare; partisanmediashills; zerocare

1 posted on 01/30/2013 5:46:58 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Joseph Goebbels would be proud.

2 posted on 01/30/2013 5:51:41 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: fatnotlazy
"...and with a featured student body of 17 mainstream reporters"

Commie mush for brains

3 posted on 01/30/2013 5:56:09 PM PST by two23 (My Dad said they were all commies back in the 60's. He was right.)
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To: Kaslin

“Just following orders” proved to be an inadequate defense at the Nuremberg trials post WWII.

4 posted on 01/30/2013 6:03:31 PM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great natiorn is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Kaslin

Meanwhile, in Realityville my company is getting ready to drop healthcare benefits......

5 posted on 01/30/2013 6:08:12 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Thought Puzzle: Describe Islam without using the phrase "mental disorder" more than four times.)
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To: Kaslin

6 posted on 01/30/2013 6:09:06 PM PST by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: Kaslin

I hope the MSM keeps doing this. By April 14, 2014 the seething hatred towards them should reach epic proportions.

7 posted on 01/30/2013 6:19:41 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Kaslin; Revolting cat!

That means it’ll be an uphill battle to get any medical procedure approved or covered.

Just like Obama’s promise of “transparency in government” meant you won’t see anything.

8 posted on 01/30/2013 6:20:28 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Kaslin; RIghtwardHo; Reaganite Republican; Clintons Are White Trash; HerrBlucher; mgist; ...

Freep-mail me to get on or off my pro-life and Catholic List:

Add me / Remove me

Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of general interest.

9 posted on 01/30/2013 6:23:44 PM PST by narses
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To: Kaslin

Sell it now, then spin it for the next four years as it destroys the country.

10 posted on 01/30/2013 6:23:57 PM PST by supremedoctrine
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To: Kaslin
"healthcare reporting"?

They're not even trying to disguise it with euphemisms anymore. How soon until they drop all pretense and admit that subjugation of America is their ultimate goal?

11 posted on 01/30/2013 7:17:27 PM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Kaslin


12 posted on 01/31/2013 9:43:59 AM PST by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our penemy.")
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