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Double standards exposed as network behind White House health care special refuses to air “partisan” ad critical of Obamacare

Steve Watson
Friday, August 28, 2009

ABC, the network that completely turned over its news coverage to the government for an Obama healthcare special, has now refused to air an advertisement that is critical of nationalized health care, calling it “partisan”.

The ad, on behalf of the League of American Voters, argues the case that a government run system will ration health care, limit important medicines and surgeries for seniors and end Medicare.

“It tells the truth and it really highlights one of the biggest vulnerabilities and problems with this proposed legislation, which is it rations health care and disproportionately will decimate the quality of health care for seniors.” Bob Adams, executive director of League of American Voters told Fox News.

The ad has been running for a fortnight on local affiliates of ABC, NBC, FOX and CBS, with the latter also running it nationally.

While NBC says it will consider a revised version of the ad for national output, Disney owned ABC has flat refused to run the ad.

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“The ABC Television Network has a long-standing policy that we do not sell time for advertising that presents a partisan position on a controversial public issue,” spokeswoman Susan Sewell said in a written statement. “Just to be clear, this is a policy for the entire network, not just ABC News.”

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So, ABC does not sell time for partisan positions, however, the network has proven that it is happy to give programming time over to the government on the issue of healthcare.

Last June, the network excluded any dissenting opinions to promote President Obama’s health care agenda in its primetime special ‘Prescription for America’, hosted live from the White House.

The special itself, as well as the accompanying programming throughout the day on ABC, was nothing less than a state run infomercial for the president’s proposed policy on healthcare.

Dick Morris, League of American Voters’ chief strategist, noted this fact in comments regarding ABC’s decision not to air the spot:

“It’s the ultimate act of chutzpah because ABC is the network that turned itself over completely to Obama for a daylong propaganda fest about health care reform,” Morris said. “For them to be pious and say they will not accept advertising on health care shuts their viewers out from any possible understanding of both sides of this issue.”

Critics of ABC’s decision on this matter may also note with a raised eyebrow the fact that the network’s current medical editor, Dr. Timothy Johnson, is a longtime advocate for the so called “ObamaCare” plan.

The network has also recently hired the government’s swine flu “czar” Richard Besser as a senior medical reporter.

Time magazine has previously dubbed Besser “the CDC’s calm-voiced, telegenic acting director,” highlighting how adept he is at engaging the public on the government’s health agenda.

Watch the League of American Voters ad below:

This article was posted: Friday, August 28, 2009 at 9:11 am

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