Monday, March 29, 2010

Health Care Reform...any opinions?

Yeah...so this post isn't really about the recent health care reform legislation, so much as it's about what it helps to illustrate about the current state of the news media.

While I'm completely aware that news outlets are indeed businesses and as such they will do what they have to in order to keep ratings up and advertising money coming in.  However, in my efforts to make an informed decision about the health care plan, I found myself bombarded with opinion after opinion and analysis after analysis.

While I can enjoy and respect the views of others, I'd rather not form my own opinion based on the opinions of others.  Also, lets be honest, "analysis" is simply an educated opinion as opposed to an emotional opinion.

WTF Corporate Media...where are the facts?!?

Why the hell can't I find a simple list of the things that are included in the health care legislation or any other legislation for that matter?

I'm not sure what it will take to get our news media back to it's previous glory.  It's currently an arrant land fraught with puff pieces and political/economic commentary, where we seldom find an oasis of truth.  These oases are becoming ever harder to find. Please CNN, Fox News, and yes even you local news outlets, we're thirsty for the truth and frankly we don't give a damn what you think we want to make up our own minds.  Is it asking so much to be allowed to make up our own minds based on simple plain facts? Apparently it is, but by God I'm going to keep asking.

Like that dirty little thief Oliver Twist once asked..."Please sir, may I have some more?"

2 comments:

InfoJunky said...

"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people." - John Adams

Heather.G.Tate said...

I feel your frustrations here. Though I want to know what's going on, one has to be extremely invested to seek out the facts through all the muck. Basically, I rely on Logan to give me the rundown for this topic because he is obsessed with it. I am all about affordable health care; however, I do not think that what has been thrust on the table is the solution. Maybe somewhere in the midst of those 1200 pages there are some practical ideas, but I fear the garbage far out-weighs the good.