ABC News’ Dean Norland reports: Members of the Media Fairness Caucus, a group of House Republicans concerned about a liberal bias in the media, took ABC News to task for its coverage of health care reform on its various broadcasts today.
At a Capitol Hill news conference, caucus chairman Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, explained, “ABC is devoting all of their newscasts today to the president’s health care plan – morning, noon and night. It’s going to culminate tonight in a town hall meeting from the White House with a handpicked audience, and, of course, with the president getting the last word. That doesn’t seem like fair and objective coverage to me.”
Smith said ABC’s coverage was like a rigged football game.
“The president has home field advantage, there’s only one referee — and that’s ABC News — and the opposing team is not allowed on the field.”
Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., said that ABC seems to be rushing to become the “All Barack Channel”.
The group sent a letter to ABC News President David Westin Tuesday. Westin responded:
“We will include a variety of perspectives coming from private individuals asking the President questions and taking issue with him, as they see fit.”
“Sadly, some inside government and within the private sector see every issue as material for a sort of political high theatre, to be used to gain votes or energize political bases or simply to raise funds. I would have thought that a subject as important as the health care received by the American people would rise above this sorry spectacle. Our citizens need and deserve more. We are proud to be making a serious effort to go beyond mere punditry or stylized, bipolar debate; we are proud to work for a network and a company willing to devote valuable airtime to serious consideration of a subject so worthy,” Westin wrote.