America Is Too Dumb for TV News: Trump and others are proving it: we can't handle the truth.
Al Gore for instance never really recovered from saying, "I took the initiative in creating the Internet." True, he never said he invented the Internet, as is popularly believed, but what he did say was clumsy enough that the line followed him around like an STD for the rest of his (largely unsuccessful) political life.
That dynamic has broken down this election season. Politicians are quickly learning that they can say just about anything and get away with it. Along with vindication, apology and suffering, there now exists a fourth way forward for the politician spewing whoppers: Blame the backlash on media bias and walk away a hero. read more
A little-noticed report by a trio of leading research groups found the Veterans Health Administration outperforms private sector health providers on several key measures.
A little-noticed recent report by three leading research groups found that on critical measures, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) consistently performs as well as and often better than private sector health-care providers.
The VHA does this with patients who are sicker, older, and poorer than many of their counterparts seen in the private sector. read more
Right-Wing Wreckage and Pack Journalism: In 2007, journalist Phillip Longman wrote a book on the VHA entitled Best Care Anywhere. In it, he demonstrated that our health-care delivery system for veterans (at least those who qualify for VHA services) is far better than Medicare and way better than private insurance -- and a better, more-comprehensive model for broader health-care reform than even a single-payer system.
But most readers of the daily press would find Longman's picture at odds with the story of the VHA recently depicted in the media.
That's because of one recent overblown scandal combined with the Republican scapegoating of a fine public system that they underfund -- and would love to privatize.
The real VHA story is ideological opposition by the right -- and clinical excellence despite chronic under-funding.
The democratic socialist is taking a stand by running a clean campaign, and it's already making a big impact on the race for president.
Electoral reform is central to Sanders' platform for president. By swearing off attack ads against his opponents and cash from super PACs which often fund such ads, he has attempted to show that unlike his opponents, he can actually carry out the ideals he speaks so often about. In fact, shortly after Bernie's announcement, his campaign sent a cease-and-desist letter to a PAC supporting him...
Meanwhile, Clinton, who earned a reputation for cutting attack ads during her 2008 presidential bid against Obama, is running on a similarly progressive electoral reform platform -- while also gladly accepting more than $20 million in support from Priorities USA Action, her Super PAC. read more
As Pope Francis set foot on American soil Tuesday, Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vermont) stood on the Senate floor hailing his arrival. Sanders, a presidential candidate and one of the most liberal members of Congress, spent 11 minutes praising the pope for "speaking out with courage and brilliance about some of the most important issues facing our world" -- mainly, matters of economic inequality. He went on to quote several of Francis's statements in "Evangelii Gaudium," his 2013 exhortation critical of a global economic system that favors the rich over the poor. read more