[h/t itrytobenice and AoS]
Funny thing happened on the way to the Tea Party™. Earlier this week, blogger Doug Ross — aka DirectorBlue — noticed, in a 24-hour span, The Curious Case of 200 Nearly Identical Headlines – a whole bunch of stories, all across America, coordinating an all-out media blitz designed to convince you that there is a crisis of uninsuredness – and hoping we’ll conclude that a government takeover of the entire health system is urgently needed.
A quick sampling (please go to the link above, all these and more articles are linked from there):
- Third of Illinoisans went without health insurance in last 2 years: Sun-Times
- Report: 2.5M in Michigan lacked health insurance: Chicago Tribune
- Study: 29% of Ohioans have gone without health insurance: BizJournals
- Report: More NJ residents lacking health insurance: Forbes
- Study: Many Kansans are uninsured: BizJournals
- Report tallies uninsured in Hawaii: KPUA AM 670
- Study: 1 in 3 Alabamians have no insurance: BizJournals
- 1 out of 4 NH residents lacked health insurance within last two years: WBZ
- 1 out of 3 Coloradans lacked insurance in past two years: Denver Post
- Nearly 1 in 3 Idahoans lack health insurance, study says: Idaho Statesman
- One in four nonelderly Minnesotans has been without health insurance, study shows: Twin Cities
- 1 in 3 are uninsured in Georgia, study says: Augusta Chronicle
200 of these. One 24-hour period. Coincidence? Could be, but it’s not. Here’s how we know……
Busted. It’s coordinated.
Two hundred journalists across America might all, in a short timespan, suddenly develop the urge to write on the plight of uninsured Americas. Hey, it happens. Global Warming has side effects we know nothing about. But what are the odds that they would all cite Families USA as a source of statistics? Within a 24-hour period? Yeah, I didn’t think so either.
Mislabeled Lefty Sources
But wait, there’s more. Coordination is cool. We do it. Lying, however, is NOT cool. And these 200 articles are lying, as is Families USA. These articles cite statistics and comments from Families USA (who call themselves “The Voice For Health Care Consumers”), calling them variously a non-profit, non-partisan think tank, and a consumer advocacy group. But the Hawaiian one points out that the “liberal advocacy group has worked for years to expand health care coverage”. [Good on KPUA for that, by the way. But I wonder, what possessed them to let a little truth slip in amongst the propaganda anyway?]
DirectorBlue offers up some more realistic statistics about the real state of uninsuredness, and it’s hardly bleak. By all means, go see.
Connections with ACORN
Families USA is an interesting bunch. According to Discover the Networks, a righty watchdog, FUSA is part of the Progressive States Network, dedicated to passing leftist legislation nationally and in all 50 sates. They coordiate with some of our favorite groups: ACORN [stealing elections so you don’t have to], AFL-CIO, SIEU, and People for the Un-American Way (and many, many more).
DirectorBlue had a commenter who wished to remain anonymous offer this about Familes USA [this is unsourced, unconfirmed, I offer it on those terms]:
…I was struck by the promotion of this material by Families USA. When I was involved with [group] a few years ago, we checked out Families USA and found that they had almost no individual contributors to their non-profit organization. We obtained their 990 from IRS and found that we were totally funded by Big Labor and served as a “front group” in every sense of the term…
…Unlike the Heritage Foundation [for example], that proudly talks about grass roots financial support from 300,000 Americans, Families has no such support. All they get is a fat check from Big Labor.
So why did the 200 articles blitz us with statistics from a liberal think tank? Hardly rocket science, my friends. The media want socialized health care. They are dedicated leftist hacks and they are willing to lie, cheat, and steal to achieve their ends.
Because we can mock them