Media Side With ‘Cognoscenti’ Over ‘Broad Support for Single-Payer’

In the latest installment of a Columbia Journalism Review series on “special interest groups… at Obama’s table” and “how the media are covering them,” Trudy Lieberman (, 3/6/09) reports that Saul Friedman, who writes a popular column called Gray Matters for Newsday, has been almost alone in writing about what he has called a “blackout” on discussions of a single-payer health system. Last month, AARP’s chief (and super influential) lobbyist, John Rother, told Friedman that although there is broad support for single-payer, the cognoscenti didn’t feel that it was a pragmatic solution. While stating that “there are vocal pockets of […]