The ‘Center’ of the Health Reform Debate

Today’s Washington Post offers a helpful lesson on the media’s notion of centrism; see the headline and subhead:

Senators Closer to Health Package: Bipartisan Talks on Reform Move Toward Center

The “talks” refer to the plan coming out of the Senate Finance Committee–a plan that “seeks middle ground” and couldprovide media-friendly “bipartisan agreement.” One of the principle features of this “centrist” plan would be scuttling the “public option” favored by many Democrats– and, coincidentally, supported by a majority of the public. Apparently it is “centrist” and “middle ground” to discard popular policy proposals. It makes sense in the corporate media, somehow.

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Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.