99. Grenade Man
by Mike Luckas
93. Tengu Man
by Amanda Fox
Stop for a moment and read this headline on Fox News’ website.
What is the first thing that comes to mind?
Being a journalism major I can tell you that this headline was written extremely well. The phrasing is impeccably planned and deliberate in its purpose to deliver both a factually accurate message, along with a not-so-subtle false one.
You see, Obama did in fact make a phone call to thank the Libyan president following the attacks and deaths at the U.S. Embassy. The gratitude delivered to him was that resulting from President Mohamed Yusuf al-Magariaf reaching out and giving his condolences, his remorse and disdain for a few extremists that reside within his nation, and his full support in investigating this tragedy.
But Fox News knows that the majority of its viewer and readership won’t read past the headline. In fact, journalists know that a well-written headline should convey the core topic of the article, to catch attention and immediately make a statement without the reader having to read any of the actual article. What Fox News has done with this headline is purposefully sway readers into beleiving that our United States President made a phone call to THANK the Libyan president for the attacks and deaths of our fellow Americans. Crazy right?
Not. The scary part is that most people who see this headline are going to think just that. Regardless of the facts. Regardless of what should be common sense in that our own President would NEVER thank anyone for damage and death caused to his citizens.
This is irresponsible journalism, just one example of thousands of poor decisions that Fox “News” makes on a daily basis to feed its own fire and to steer its ignorant and ill-informed followers in whichever direction they see fit. But why not just call it what it really is?
Legal brainwashing and defamatory propaganda, not unlike that of Nazi Germany (Godwin’s Law or not) or Middle Eastern terrorist groups.
American terrorism, right here, right now.
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Sometimes people ask me if I’ve heard of leftybegone. Of course I have. I just don’t care.
In this specific instance, they’re literally making up numbers. I clicked through to the article, and clicked through to the CBO PDF. The PDF does not say the number $1.930 trillion ANYWHERE IN THE DOCUMENT. The Weekly Standard article cites the number, but it’s not in there. Anywhere. But! There is this fun chart that shows how many billions of dollars Obamacare will ultimately save the federal government:
Obamacare will have a gross cost of $1,683 billion. Which is a lot of money, although a hell of a lot less than $1.93 trillion, don’t you think? (Technically, it’s $1.63 trillion, because of zeroes and everything. Math. But the CBO reports the numbers in the billions, so it’s rather intellectually dishonest to report it as trillions to make it seem higher.)
BUT. That number is actually $79 billion lower than they originally predicted. And: “Those gross costs are offset in part by $515 billion in receipts from penalty payments, the new excise tax on high-premium insurance plans, and other budgetary effects (mostly increases in tax revenues stemming from changes in employer-provided insurance coverage).”
So the CBO reported that Obamacare will actually be cheaper than they originally predicted, and conservatives report it as “LOOK THE CBO SAID IT’S SUPER EXPENSIVE!!!”
“According to CBO and JCT’s projections for the 2012–2022 period, spending for Medicaid resulting from the coverage provisions of the ACA will be $288 billion less than the amounts estimated prior to the Supreme Court’s decision, and such spending for CHIP will be about $1 billion less (see Table 2). About 6 million fewer people (mostly adults) are now projected to be enrolled in those programs, on average, over the 2014–2022 period. The reduction in Medicaid spending is expected to be $37 billion in 2022, and the reduction in enrollment is expected to be 6 million in that year. The decline in projected Medicaid coverage reduces estimated federal spending by about $6,000 per person in 2022, on average.”
So you know. MORE SAVINGS. Plus that chart at the top where it shows the overall net savings.
This is why you can’t believe the conservative media, folks. Even the teeny tiny sad-number-of-notes-getting ones on Tumblr. They will twist information and withhold it until it proves what they want you to think. The CBO says Obamacare will save us money in the long run and result in many millions more Americans insured than are now.
Suck it, conservatives.