Fake doctor at health care town hall

A town hall questioner at a meeting in Texas on health care begins her question by saying she is a primary care doctor. After getting audience applause and a hug from the speaker, “Roxanne” tosses a disjointed softball question.

Fox News commentator Glen Beck discovers “Roxanne” is not a doctor and is a Barack Obama delegate in Texas. Beck asks, “When will the media expose the lies?”

I have a degree in Journalism/Communications and 16 years experience in the media industry. That most media outlets will either not report this fraud or dismiss this reputable commentator’s discovery is astonishing. Get to know your sources of information!

Associated Press turns from trusted news source to White House PR

WASHINGTON — With no commentary heading or tag, the Associated Press (AP) published an apparent “news” story early Tuesday morning countering Sarah Palin’s opposition to the proposed health care bill with unsourced statements.
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Headlined, “FACT CHECK: No ‘death panel’ in health care bill” and written by AP reporter Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, the story leads with two opening paragraphs before a Q&A which appears to be a White House talking points post.

The AP piece leads:

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin says the health care overhaul bill would set up a “death panel.” Federal bureaucrats would play God, ruling on whether ailing seniors are worth enough to society to deserve life-sustaining medical care. Palin and other critics are wrong.

Nothing in the legislation would carry out such a bleak vision. The provision that has caused the uproar would instead authorize Medicare to pay doctors for counseling patients about end-of-life care, if the patient wishes.

Nothing in the legislation would carry out such a bleak vision. AP gives no attribution to the opinion that the health care bill could not play out in the scenario Palin says might happen should the bill pass as proposed.

Instead, the Q&A section mirrors White House talking points on the bill. For example:

Q: Does the health care legislation bill promote “mercy killing,” or euthanasia?

A: No.

It is not until the last two questions of the nine questions and answers posted that AP gives any attribution to the answers.

The “FACT CHECK” piece ends with the line:

The White House says it is countering false claims with a “reality check” page on its Web site, http://www.whitehouse.gov.

Following the story, another information line gives the link to a White House “Reality Check” page, which reads:

White House site on health care claims: http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/

The Associated Press has its roots dating back to a May 1846 agreement between five New York City newspapers to share incoming reports from the Mexican-American War, according to a Wikipedia posting.

Going Healthy?

If you haven’t checked out my Health journal blog yet, now is a good time. My latest post in TheBigRuski Goes Healthy dials you into a great resource for health products.

In doing so, you just might help feed my healthy blogging habit! Thanks for stopping by!

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Going Healthy: Top 9 Afternoon Blues Busters

Who knew my eating of a chocolate bar would lead to some important information about health?

While looking for alternatives to my chocolate bar, which by the way contained 110 fat calories, I ran across the following tips on boosting your afternoon energy. Find the 9 things you can do to prevent you from having a tired afternoon!

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Going Healthy: ‘If I Listen Close’

My health blog, TheBigRuski Goes Healthy, has achieved early popularity. Just thought you might want to check out my latest post, If I Listen Close.

Learning that good health is about a total body, mind, and spiritual approach is important. Nothing should be left out. Like me, you may find it clear that emotions are a big aspect of how well we do at the dinner table. There is help. (Read More)

New Website: Burning Off Donut Calories…and More

TheBigRuski Goes Healthy is about a lot of stuff, including my journey to better health. Which, BTW, took a detour the other day towards Donut Road.

So, in my latest post we ask: How do we burn off the calories from an old-fashioned chocolate covered donut? More specifically, how did I? How did I burn off 250 calories.

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A Cure for the Pleasure Junkie

Putting aside our selfish ambition may not be easy. But sometimes it may be a matter of life and death.

This from Alexander’s Delayed Gratification post:

Some of us may be addicted to pleasure. We want the easy way out…the less painful…the less work…the most fun. Let’s face it, some of us are pleasure junkies. We may have even kicked our serious addictions, such as alcohol or drugs, but we still seek pleasure at an unhealthy rate.

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