Society & Culture
Leid Stories - Media Madness: All The News That Isn’t, Really; The Myth and Math of Obamacare: A Guided Tour - 03/26/14
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370), with 12 crew members and 227 passengers on board, literally goes off the radar screen en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, and hasn’t been located since. Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia grimly announced 17 days after a search by a multinational team that the plane likely had crashed in the turbulent waters of the southern Indian Ocean.
This is, of course, both a mystery and a tragedy. But for the U.S. media, it was a frenzied, ruthless game of one-upmanship. CNN, the undisputed winner, went into single-subject marathon-coverage mode. As a test in media literacy, Leid Stories listeners are asked to explain why CNN went mad.
A very cogent Howard Dean, 2004 presidential candidate, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and physician by training, explains the myth and the math of Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act)—which, he says, could have been a sensible program, were it not for Wall Street and insurance-industry greed and misguided politicians who have no idea of how the health-care system actually works.
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