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Showing posts with label CNN Reliable Sources. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CNN Reliable Sources. Show all posts

Monday, May 18, 2015

Quick Hit: CNN Reliable Sources on Fox News (VIDEO)

The following video needs no additional comment. We have actually commented previously regarding the Fox News's reaction to President Obama's factual statements regarding poverty. 

CNNs Brian Stelter Calls Out Fox News 


Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Las Vegas Review Journal Joins Other Media.....Publishers and Broadcasters of Misinformation

Seriously Review-Journal.....?

Media in the United States is critical to a uninformed, change resistant and non-learned population. The information entity provides information unattainable for the vast majority of the population. Information leads to knowledge, knowledge is a basis for educated decision-making.  

Knowledge is key during times when mega-moneyed power -brokers, corporatists, and anti-democratically (small 'd') inclined forces seek every opportunity to squeeze the life from our free and open society. When contemplating those who would welcome a US plutocracy,  I often think in terms of the species of Boa Constrictors who gain and exercise a death-grip on its prey via sensing prey exhales that induce tighter predator grip to deny natural breathing functions (oxygen) to the doomed prey. People who are uninformed, misinformed and easily manipulated via social paradigms are Constrictor prey for entities backed by plutocrats who seek an American oligarchy.  We do not posit the alignment with plutocrats is in ever case intentional but if you think about it the ultimate outcomes the same: misinformed people and voters who act against their best interest.

Over the past few weeks we have witnessed a veritable tsunami of news broadcast developed around outright lies about the Affordable Care Act. One glaring example from Fox News was astounding. Misleading new segments from Fox News is not astounding. Astounding in the context we posit relates to the extent Sean Hannity and his producers developed and broadcast an unbelievable exhibition of broadcast lies as propaganda

Salon Dot Com writer, Eric Stern, appeared on CNN Reliable Sources spoke about his investigation of the show's content  after digging into Hannity's "lying" panel.  While the actual video of Hannity's misinformation game show couples has become scarce and not readily available for viewing, know that Stern proved each couple wrong. One couple discontinued communication after being questioned about their false testimony. The entire show could be considered nothing less than a Hannity show setup replete with lies and misinformation. 

Media Matters has published yet another case of media misinformation. Apparently, The Las Vegas Review Journal recently published an article that joins the "cadre of purveyors of misinformation." The article sits as a prime example of the level to which real journalism now takes a back seat to ideology. If The Las Vegas Review Journal expended significant effort in developing the piece, the author and editors could also have expended time validating its veracity. As I read the Media Matters piece, I found the Three Tier (ed) Myths astounding in its level of inaccuracy. 

We are posting one 'Myth" and encouraging a read.

The Las Vegas Review Journal

Myth 2: Young People Are Not Signing Up For Health Care

LVRJ: Obamacare Will Fail Due To A Lack Of Young Healthy Enrollees. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, young Americans are not willing to sign up for coverage under the ACA, which will lead to failure of the law:
And that leads to a big problem: For Obamacare to survive, more than anything, it needs millions of young, healthy people to sign up for insurance. Their premiums are supposed to offset the costs of older, less healthy people. Instead, as insurance broker Phil Randazzo told Ms. Robison, he is "really only seeing unhealthy people calling. We're not getting calls from the 31-year-old guy who just wants to buy health insurance." [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 11/8/13]

REALITY: Young People Support The ACA And Their Enrollment Is Expected To Accelerate

HHS: "Half Of Single Young Adults Eligible For The Health Insurance Marketplace Could Get Coverage For $50 Or Less." According to a press release by the Department of Health & Human Services, 46 percent of single young adults could access coverage through the exchanges for $50 or less:
A new report released today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that nearly half (46 percent) of single young adults who are uninsured and may be eligible for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace could get coverage for $50 or less per month.
Today's report examines data from the 34 Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces and finds that out of 2.9 million single young adults ages 18 to 34 who may be eligible for coverage in the Marketplace, 1.3 million (46 percent) could purchase a bronze plan for $50 per month or less after tax credits.   In the 34 states, a total of 1.9 million young adults, representing nearly 7 in 10 (66 percent) of the potentially Marketplace-eligible uninsured ages 18 to 34, may be able to pay $100 or less for coverage in 2014. [Health and Human Services, 10/28/13]
Gallup: A Majority Of Young Americans Support The ACA. According to Gallup poll numbers, 51 percent of Americans aged 18 to 29 approve of the ACA:
Young adults aged 18 to 29 are more likely than middle-aged and older Americans to approve of the healthcare law. They are also the only age group more likely to approve than disapprove. Young adults are more likely to be uninsured than those who are older, and their willingness to get insurance is crucial to the law's success.
[Gallup, 10/23/13]
The Atlantic: Massachusetts' Health Care Reform Enrollment Started Slow, Accelerated Over Time. According to The Atlantic, Massachusetts' health care reform law, which the ACA is modeled after, had very slow initial enrollment, but saw enrollment levels spike as the penalty deadline approached:
"To my friends in the media, I have one message: please take a chill pill. You won't see 7 million enrollees for a while, and that's not failure, that's real world," John McDonough, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health who was deeply involved in the passage and implementation of Massachusetts' 2006 health reform law, wrote of the new Obamacare program in mid-October. In Massachusetts, getting people signed up "was a slow crawl, not a sprint."
Data from the first full year of enrollment in the Commonwealth Care plans in Massachusetts shows that the number of people who purchased premium plans was minuscule at first, with a rate of increase of only 123 people in February 2007. That surged to 3,645 in April and then remained fairly steady all year, before spiking to 7,783 in the month before the penalty deadline for remaining uninsured kicked in.
[The Atlantic, 10/24/13]
Young Invincibles: Young People Are Likely To Put Off Signing Up Until The Last Minute. According to a blog post by the Young Invincibles -- a national organization representing young people -- young Americans are likely to delay enrollment in health care plans until close to the penalty deadline:
But backers of Obamacare -- and some experts on online consumer behavior -- say it's too soon to panic. Lots could change between now and March 31. Young people are likely to treat enrollment like a term paper -- they'll do it, but at the last minute. After all, according to one online insurance broker, that's what a fair number of their grandparents shopping online for Medicare plans do: wait until they're smack up against the deadline.
And e-brokers point out that shopping for insurance isn't like buying a book on Amazon or a plane ticket on Kayak. Sam Gibbs, president of eHealth Government Systems, said people take their time to understand insurance options and may visit a site repeatedly. It can be a "several weeks or up to a month process," he said. "This is not a one and done type process."
When Massachusetts did its own health reform, people typically had 18 interactions -- website visits, phone calls or email -- before they signed up. The big surge came in the last two months before the state's individual mandate kicked in. [Young Invincibles, 11/7/13]
CNN Money: In Massachusetts, Only 6 Percent Of Young People Remain Uninsured. According to CNN Money, despite a slow start to enrollment in Massachusetts Commonwealth Care plans, only 6 percent of young people are uninsured, down from 18 percent pre-reform:
The mandate, along with subsidies that make policies more affordable, has brought the Massachusetts uninsured rate down to 3%, the lowest in the country.
Now that firms with 11 or more workers are on the hook for insurance, small-business employees are less likely to go without. More low-income workers are covered. And the hard-to-persuade healthy 18-to-34 crowd has been brought into the fold: Only 6% of these "young invincibles" lack insurance today, according to the state's Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA), down from 18% pre-reform. [CNN Money, 6/4/13]
We have published a number of pieces on anti-Obamacare derangement and misinformation so we will end this piece without additional posit.

If you have time and want a deeper perspective on the extent to which the media is failing the nation on a critical medical coverage benefit to millions, check out a few TPI pieces.

The Affordable Care Act

Rash of Lazy Reporting

Fox News Goes Intern for the Uninformed 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Snowden: The Facade, Mirage or Oasis That Harms The Nation (Video)


Edward Snowden's unique timing on his defection  (to where ever he lands) is intriguing, interesting and almost predictable.

The People's View recently published a series of pieces about Snowden and what amounts to his personal war against the Obama Administration. Snowden is no deeply principled ideologue.  His affinity for libertarian-ism is as telling as his lack of scruples and credibility regarding a 'top secret' security clearance.  His is in fact a criminal and by the nature of his acts a defector without a country.  The People's View links are embedded in a piece we developed about the nation's most recent defector. 

The defector is also the 'Perfect Storm" of divisiveness regarding his actions.  Many liberals are lauding Snowden as a 'hero"; some anti-administration conservatives (like Ron "Legalize Heroin" Paul) are referring to Snowden as a patriot. Paul has also publicly suggested that more NSA analyst and technician join Snowden in the annual of us history as espionage agents.   Does the most public libertarian hate the government so much, he would "will" national security secrets to the hands of the Chinese and the Russians?   Another phenomena surrounding the Snowden defection: Bi-partisanship somewhere between the two extremes delineated above.

The Snowden episode was born of a reporter from The Guardian Newspaper. Glenn Greenwald must share Snowden's hatred of the US government and appears to have some sort of like affinity for libertarianism.  He works for a credible news source, but gave The Guardian a soiled story. Soil sometimes begets soil.  

John Avlon, CNN Reliable Sources, broadcast a segment about The Guardian and The Observer's handling of the Snowden story.  Apparently, the Brits are continuing to publish pieces without assurance of veracity in their sources.

CNN, Reliable Sources.
July 7th, 2013
08:44 PM ET

UNreliable Sources

Michael Moynihan and John Avlon discuss The Observer’s questionable story on European officials who has allegedly reached a secret deal with the NSA to turn over private data to the United States.

And, the saga continues.

The Facade, Mirage or Oasis?  You choose.