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In The Tank: NBC & ABC Refuse Health Law Ads from Conservative Groups. – UPDATE: ABC Medical Correspondent is Obama $$$ Donor!

Posted by iusbvision on September 1, 2009

This is of course after ABC ran an infomercial for ObamaCare during prime time and as we and many others have documented, no one is in the tank for the Democratic Party on a day to day basis more than NBC News whose parent company, General Electric, has billions in government contracts at risk.

Dick Morris with Greta Van Susteren:

This is a rush transcript from “On the Record,” August 27, 2009. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST:Why won’t ABC and NBC run an ad critical of President Obama’s health care plan? This is the ad by the League of American Voters that won’t make it onto those two national networks.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE:How can Obama’s plan cover 50 million new patients without any new doctors? It can’t. It will hurt our seniors, end Medicare as we know it, ration coverage and care, limit life-saving medicines, impose long delays on cancer treatment and other vital surgery. It’s happening in England and in Canada. Don’t let it happen here.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Tell Congress to protect American health care. Paid for by the League of American Voters.


VAN SUSTEREN: All right, the group behind that ad wants to know why the networks won’t run it. Their local affiliates have aired it, but the two national networks that we named will not. Why not? Well, ABC, who hosted an hour-long special on health care reform from the White House, says they rejected the ad because its policy is not to sell time for advertising that presents a partisan position on a controversial public issue, while NBC says it will reconsider the ad once the network gets some more information.

And still with us is Dick Morris, the author of “Catastrophe.” He’s also, though, the chief strategist for the organization the League of American Voters. And I’ve done a little research myself, not a lot, but says FOX is in talks about putting it on and CBS has approved.

So tell me, first of all, what is this organization, Dick?

DICK MORRIS, AUTHOR OF “CATASTROPHE”:It’s a conservative group that is opposed to health care, Obama’s health care proposal and feels very strongly about it. And the point that I made to them in my consulting with them was that this debate has to be focused on the elderly. The concerns about socialized medicine and government and taxes and so on are all well and good, but if you’re going to back the Democratic Party off this bill, it’s got to be by explaining to the elderly what this bill means.

In fact, I was just thrilled yesterday because Congresswoman Betsy Markey of Colorado, a Democrat, strong supporter of this bill, told her town hall meeting there’s going to be some people who are going to give up some things honestly for this health care reform to work, but we will do this because we’re are Americans. And she spoke about the cuts in Medicare that are coming. And this ad really explains those cuts.

Now, Obama says, I don’t have any cuts in benefits. There’s nothing here that says I won’t cover cancer or I won’t cover heart disease. But there is something in the bill that says that you have to cut $500 billion out of Medicare over 10 years. Now, when Gingrich tried to cut Medicare, he enumerated those cuts. Here Obama punts on it and says, We’ll set up a commission that will make the decision as to what to cut, and Congress will have a very limited window to modify it or override it, effectively no way of doing it.

And then he also says, We’re going to cut reimbursement rates to hospitals, which obviously means there’ll be less care and the people that’ll hurt the most will be the elderly.

VAN SUSTEREN: You know, Dick, the thing that bothers me about the bill most of all is I can’t even get to the substance of it because it’s 1,500 pages that, frankly, I find incomprehensible, very poorly written. And I think that a bill can be plainly written. And so I can’t understand reforming a system with, basically, you know, a pile of chaos. That’s the first thing.

But one of the — one of the things that is said is that this bill will cause rationed care.

MORRIS: Right.

UPDATE – Via the Media Research Center:

ABC’s newly hired senior medical editor is also an Obama donor, having contributed $400 to the Democratic presidential candidate in 2008. TV Newser reported on Thursday that Dr. Richard Besser, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, would assume the position in September. A search on the website Open Secrets finds two donations by Dr. Besser on August 22, 2008.

As senior health correspondent, Dr. Besser can be expected to play a major role in ABC’s coverage of the health care debate this fall.

Dr. Tim Johnson, who currently holds the position for ABC, has long been an advocate for government-run solutions to the health care problem in America. Going back to the last big push in the early ’90s, he told then-First Lady Hillary Clinton on July 19, 1994: “So at least from the physicians represented here, you get a 100 percent vote, including mine, for universal coverage.” Johnson will become the “chief medical editor” for ABC News.

Besser was the acting Director of the CDC for the first five months of the Obama administration, but had a long professional career there as an expert on foodborne illnesses and epidemics.

Here’s a screen capture of the OpenSecrets search result:

On a related topic, the MRC’s Brent Baker observed on July 29, 2009 that, so far, 12 journalists have made the jump from reporting to actually working for the Obama administration, including former ABC News reporter Linda Douglass and ABC News Justice correspondent Beverly Lumpkin.

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