ProJo Editors Throw Tantrum, Call Names Over Brown Victory
With their preferred candidate going down to Scott Brown, the ProJo editors can’t help but throw a little tantrum excoriating the easily fooled and selfish voters of Massachusetts (remember, it’s all about healthcare for ’em):
Part of this was the well-financed campaign pumping up fears of higher taxes for the middle and upper classes to pay for national health-care reform, and anger at the Wall Street bailout. As always in such races, misinformation machines worked overtime.
Although about 95 percent of Bay Staters have health care in a program similar in many ways to congressional plans — and most seem to like it — the 52 percent who backed Scott Brown seem unwilling to extend such comfort to the rest of America. (Mr. Brown voted for the Massachusetts plan!) There’s a growing disinclination among many Americans to help their fellow citizens with health coverage, or with anything else, as the country’s political tone becomes ever harsher. “I’ve got mine! Fend for yourself!”
Again, no distinction is made between the mythical, ideal “universal healthcare” (though they cried again about their preferred “like Medicare” option, which doesn’t account for the non-Medicare subsidization!) and the actual plan being bandied about in Washington. And no mention is made of Coakley’s misinformation campaign against Scott Brown, largely composed of disingenuous negative ads, which the ProJo regularly opposes (except when it fits their agenda, I suppose????). Oh, and they blamed Bush (really).
They also engage in a little class-warfare:
…as often happens in special or mid-term elections, turnout among lower-income people, who tend to vote Democratic, was fairly low, while it was very high among affluent suburbanites who fear higher taxes and/or reduced benefits in any national health-care reform.
One of the commenters (FACTSONLY) to the ProJo’s whine pointed out that the Coakley won both the urban areas and the affluent “elite” in the cities and suburbs. This reflects the Democratic Party’s current core constituencies since Obama took office.
Finally, there’s this:
And now the insurance industry has another vote in the form of Scott Brown.
Who was meeting with the insurance lobbyists to raise money about a week ago? Is there any clearer example of why the MSM–particularly newspapers–are in trouble? Maybe there once was a time when such slanted editorials could be produced without fear of being called on the supposed “facts” that support it. No more.