GOP Whining About ABC’s Obama Health Care Coverage
The Republican National Committee is whining about ABC’s upcoming June 24 health care special from the White House East Room, “Prescription for America.” In a letter to ABC News chief David Westin, RNC Chief of Staff Ken McKay complains that they were denied the right to provide someone for the show.
Dear Mr. Westin:
As the national debate on health care reform intensifies, I am deeply concerned and disappointed with ABC’s astonishing decision to exclude opposing voices on this critical issue on June 24, 2009. Next Wednesday, ABC News will air a primetime health care reform “town hall” at the White House with President Barack Obama. In addition, according to an ABC News report, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, WORLD NEWS, NIGHTLINE and ABC’s web news “will all feature special programming on the president’s health care agenda.” This does not include the promotion, over the next 9 days, the president’s health care agenda will receive on ABC News programming…
ABC Senior VP Kerry Smith says the RNC is responding to “a number of false premises,” and wrote this in response to McKay’s letter:
ABC News prides itself on covering all sides of important issues and asking direct questions of all newsmakers — of all political persuasions — even when others have taken a more partisan approach and even in the face of criticism from extremes on both ends of the political spectrum. ABC News is looking for the most thoughtful and diverse voices on this issue. ABC News alone will select those who will be in the audience asking questions of the president. Like any programs we broadcast, ABC News will have complete editorial control. To suggest otherwise is quite unfair to both our journalists and our audience.
Without even knowing what Obama’s plan is, without knowing exactly who is on the show, conservatives have already decided that ABC is the plan’s cheerleader. Of course conservatives have their own health plan: Don’t get sick.Click here for reuse options!
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