WaPo Slams Single-Payer

Advocates of a single-payer health plan in the United States aren’t exactly accustomed to seeing their efforts covered in the corporate media–or in the headline of a major newspaper story, no less. The Washington Post reminded us on June 6 what happens when media finally get around to taking a look at the issue. Under the headline ” ‘Single-Payer’ Supporters Challenge Democrats,” reporter Dan Eggen deployed typically dismissive language in describing single-payer activists–writing that they had “struck again,” referencing the “increasingly noisy” protesters who are “hounding” lawmakers. All this is part of an “offensive” that will “swamp” some apparently well-intentioned […]


WPost: Stimulus Is Pork

There’s been a corporate media trope lately that the stimulus bill, despite Barack Obama’s assurances, contains “pork.” It’s not always clear what “pork” means, but the Washington Post today (2/13/09) had an example of the genre–headlined “Despite Pledges, Stimulus Has Some Pork”–that opens with a definition of what it means by the term. Unfortunately, it’s a definition that would seem to turn virtually any government spending into an instance of “pork.” Reporters Dan Eggen and Ellen Nakashima lead off: The compromise stimulus bill adopted by House and Senate negotiators this week is not free of spending that benefits specific communities, […]