Bush Sinks to All-Time Low--Now its Bogus News Reporters

  1. Phony news reports? So people think that this is real news and not propaganda? I knew that the Bushies were pretty desperate, but this really takes the cake. Manipulating data, lying, and now trying to pass off propaganda as "news." Sigh, what will the Bush think of next?


    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...DGVQ5JUJU1.DTL

    EDITORIAL
    Bush's Medicare deceit

    Tuesday, March 16, 2004

    AFTER FIRST covering up and then misrepresenting the facts about the new Medicare prescription drug benefit, the Bush administration is now shamelessly working to further mislead the public by staging phony "news reports" about how well the law will work.

    Last November, during the heat of the congressional debate on the law, the White House reportedly threatened to fire a top Medicare official if he told the truth about the cost of what President Bush described as a $400 billion Medicare bill.

    Medicare's chief actuary, Robert S. Foster, said it was clear from the start that the actual cost would be substantially more -- as high as $534 billion. And, he said, the White House was aware of that in June, five months ahead of the debate.

    Although, by law, the actuary is charged with providing nonpartisan counsel to lawmakers, Foster said he was silenced by the White House to prevent Congress from getting the true figures. Threatened with "severe'' personal consequences, he was instead ordered to withhold the information, even if Congress asked for it.

    Absent the damning cost data, the bill (bitterly contentious even among Republicans) barely eked by, passing in the House, 216 to 215. With cost as the sticking point, the likely outcome would have been reversed, if all the facts had been known. Democrats had argued that the law didn't significantly help seniors and gave drugmakers too much clout. Republicans said seniors didn't gain significantly from the much costlier plan.

    In order to sell the complicated and skimpy plan to seniors, the Department of Health and Human Services is paying actors to pose as journalists in bogus TV "news'' reports. Videos have been sent to TV stations, along with government-prepared scripts for news anchors to read. The idea is to make propaganda appear to be unbiased news during prime-time viewing.

    It's a covert effort to exploit both the press and public. Coupled with the misinformation about the bill, it paints an alarming picture of a White House unconstrained about using deceit.

    Repeatedly manipulating data to stifle honest debate, stirs up disquieting recollections of another White House, disgraced by lies and dirty tricks.
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   elkpark
    There was a big article about this in yesterday's New York Times. The GAO is looking into whether Shrub and his cronies broke the law ... (again ...)
  4. by   jnette
    watched the TV reporting of this on the news the other night... really makes one wonder....... :stone
  5. by   pickledpepperRN
    http://www.citizen.org/hot_issues/issue.cfm?ID=765
    March 11 - Bush campaign should reimburse taxpayers for ads touting Medicare changes
    The General Accounting Office (GAO) report on the Bush administration's Medicare ads highlights the waste and deception that characterize the Medicare prescription drug bill and its corporate giveaways.
    -----------------------------------------
    March 11, 2004
    Bush Campaign Should Refund Taxpayers for Flawed Medicare Ads
    Statement of Public Citizen President Joan Claybrook
    The General Accounting Office (GAO) report on the Bush administration's Medicare ads highlights the waste and deception that characterize the Medicare prescription drug bill and its corporate giveaways. The GAO said it best when it noted that despite "[Health and Human Service's] stated interest in informing beneficiaries of changes to Medicare, we observe several noteworthy omissions in HHS's materials."
    While the GAO found that the ads' "political tone" did not "constitute a purely partisan message," the taxpayers deserve their wasted money back.
    How can Bush possibly justify placing ads in the Washington-insider newspaper Roll Call, given that people eligible for Medicare - 65 and older - constitute just 3 percent of its readership? How can Bush call this an education campaign when the GAO found "noteworthy omissions" in the ads that "may lead beneficiaries to underestimate the amount they will need to pay for prescription drugs"?
    It is ironic that while Bush chastises Congress to be "wise with the people's money," he spends more than $22 million of the people's money on inaccurate political advertisements. His campaign should refund the taxpayer's money for these political advertisements and he should pull the ads.
  6. by   SharonH, RN
    What's really sad is that so many people will fall for it! I guess Bushco felt it was perfectly to go that next step since they have gotten so used to misrepresenting the facts to the American people.
  7. by   molecule
    and speaking about falling for it:
    http://bush2004.com/
    I was scrolling down the page wondering "how far can this guy go?"
    and then I started laughing....
  8. by   nekhismom
    Quote from molecule
    and speaking about falling for it:
    http://bush2004.com/
    I was scrolling down the page wondering "how far can this guy go?"
    and then I started laughing....

    Ok, that site is weird!
  9. by   fergus51
    Did you see them make fun of it on the Daily Show with John Stewart. I almost peed my pants! They were just outraged at the idea of a fake news reporter
  10. by   Brownms46
    Quote from molecule
    and speaking about falling for it:
    http://bush2004.com/
    I was scrolling down the page wondering "how far can this guy go?"
    and then I started laughing....

    Best site I have seen to date!!!http://bush2004.com/greensheet/gwbresume.html
  11. by   WyomingRN
    As has been acknowledged by many, this kind of manipulation has been going on for a long time; in many different forms. And sadly, the democrats are just as bad. Not only can we not trust in what we hear, now we cannot even trust in "hard data" to help us make the right choice or decision. The only difference between the American government and the Mafia is that at least the Mafia made a profit

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