In a piece titled “Calm, but Moved to Be Heard on Health Care” at the NY Times, we learn the following:
He skipped the antiwar protests of his college years, took a job as a regional salesman of paper and chemical products, and built for himself a quiet life of family and church (and hunting and fishing) in his rural hometown in southwest Georgia.
But on Thursday, Mr. Collier drove more than an hour down Route 19 to attend a health care forum in Albany, Ga., being held by his congressman, Representative Sanford D. Bishop Jr., a Democrat serving his ninth term.
To his wife’s astonishment, as the session drew into its third hour, Mr. Collier rose to take the microphone and firmly, but courteously, urged Mr. Bishop to oppose the health care legislation being written in Washington.
He told Mr. Bishop that his wife of 36 years had survived breast cancer through early detection and treatment, and that he feared that her care would be rationed if the disease returned.
I wonder why they think that? Where could they have gotten those ideas? Oh:
The Colliers are committed conservatives who have voted Republican in presidential elections since 1980. They receive much of their information from Fox News, Rush Limbaugh’s radio program and Matt Drudge’s Web site.
What a bizarre coincidence. You know what would be awesome? If there was this thing called a newspaper, maybe even an allegedly liberal one, like, say, the NY Times, who when describing people like the Colliers and their irrational fears in long stories, would take a paragraph, just a paragraph, to point out that their fears are completely unfounded and that no bill has any rationing plans. That would be, you know, awesome.
And what is even sadder is that the rest of the article points out why they should be strong, strong advocates of reform. Instead, they are opposing the only other game in town because of the power of the mighty Wurlitzer and the misinformation campaign from the right.
Time to break out the foam fingers, again. USA! USA! USA!
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Also, this. When did Rupert Murdoch buy the Times?