Soledad O’Brien and Romney surrogate John Sununu got into a heated argument over Medicare yesterday, from Mediate:
O’Brien: “The hospitals agreed to that. The drug providers agreed to that because their theory is that what they’re going to be able to do is make up by the number of people who come into the system. It doesn’t reduce or cut the benefits. Right….”
Sununu: “Soledad, stop this! All you’re doing is mimicking the stuff that comes out of the White House and gets repeated on the Democratic blog boards out there….”
O’Brien: “I’m telling you what FactCheck.com tells you. I’m telling you what the CBO tells you. I’m telling you what CNN’s independent analysis does.”
Sununu: “Put an Obama bumper sticker on your forehead when you do this.”
O’Brien: “You know. Let me tell you something. There is independent analysis that details what this about and repeating a number–”
Sununu: “No there isn’t.”
O’Brien: “Yes there is.”
Sununu: “No. There’s Democratic analysis.”
DON’T YOU SEE?! Reality has a well-known liberal bias, just like Stephen Colbert said. If you’re going to challenge lies and distortions coming out of the Romney campaign, just put an Obama bumper sticker on your forehead!
Winning arguments with the loudest voice and with blatant lies is a sound byte, not a discussion — but that’s SOP for network news shows today. It’s the Fox / Rush model of easily-digestible, no-work transcription of opinion and propaganda, sold as emotionally-framed infotainment. It deprives viewers of unemotional analysis, opposing outcomes, and facts — which is actual information necessary to make informed decisions, and which is why a majority of Americans are literally unable to make informed decisions.
So kudos to Soledad O’Brien for challenging John Sununu on his lies and prevarications about Medicare and the Romney campaign. It’s long past the time that our mainstream news media started reporting facts — especially if those facts don’t fit comfortably within a political campaign’s narrative.