He'll be 60 in September, and he's tied for the lead going into the third round of the British Open:
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Obama wants to be able to set Medicare reimbursement rates!
The White House is asking Congress to give the executive branch more power to limit Medicare's rising costs. A White House letter to top lawmakers on Friday said the move would be "a critical step forward" in controlling health care costs and providing better care. The proposal would allow an independent advisory board to recommend changes in Medicare reimbursement rates for doctors, hospitals and other providers. If the president approved the recommendations, Congress could still vote to reject them altogether. But Congress could not approve some recommendations and reject others.
Is there anything this president doesn't want control of? Has America ever had a president more interested in controlling all aspects of citizens' lives than Obama?
<p>Former CBS "Evening News" anchor <a href="http://www.mrc.org/Profiles/cronkite/welcome.asp#Proud%20of%20News%20Med... target="_blank">Walter Cronkite</a> died today. He was 92 years old.</p><p>Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cronkite family.
Vice-President Joe Biden, July 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: It's Friday...you tell us.
Topics in today's show: Obama's kids wear J Crew, Obamabot, There may soon be a "school lunch czar", And Al Franken officially becomes a Senator. Love the show? Then help spread the word by embedding it on your blog or telling your friends on Myspace and Facebook. Think you're funny? Send your (short) jokes to newsbusted at dialognewmedia.com. If we use them, we'll pay you USD $50 for each one.
Yes, I think in - in many cases they are. If you look at last night's evening news coverage of this health care reform bill, or as you, you called it, uh, wealth reform bill, two networks out of three ignored the plight of small businesses altogether. Only CBS' Chip Reid did a story talking about the impact of sma- on small business of this bill.
<p>NBC, ABC and CBS all aired exclusive interviews with President Barack Obama last night discussing his sweeping plans to assume government control over the nation's health care industry. But none of the networks seemed aware of the bombshell easily discovered by <a href="http://ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=332548165656854" target="_blank">Investor's Business Daily</a> and confirmed by the House Ways and Means Committee: a provision in the bill that severely limits private health insurance choice. </p><p>Page 16 of the House bill, IBD reported, appears to make it illegal to "enroll any individual in such [private health insurance] coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day" of the year the legislation becomes law. </p><p>Media Research Center President and NewsBusters Publisher Brent Bozell called on anyone reporting on the bill read it before making the same mistake: </p><blockquote>
As the media mark the tenth anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy Jr., it's worth recalling the overwrought coverage of ten years ago. Here is an op-ed by MRC's Brent Baker, originally published in Human Events on August 6, 1999 detailing the media elite's reaction to Kennedy's demise.
The sudden death at too early an age of the only son of an assassinated President is certainly a major news story, but the television networks wouldn't leave it at a few stories reviewing the good works of John F. Kennedy's Jr.'s life. Instead, they used his July 16 death as a chance to launch a week-long tribute to him as America's "crown prince," gushing about the wonderful contributions of the entire Kennedy family, recreating the myth of "Camelot" and praising the achievements of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D.-Mass).
"He laughed off the attempts to elevate his status but, in fact, he was as close to royalty as this country had," declared NBC's Tom Brokaw barely nine hours after the news broke that JFK Jr.'s single-engine plane was missing.
But the networks certainly did "elevate his status" by giving him the royal treatment. As soon as the networks learned on Saturday morning, July 17, that his plane was missing they all went wall-to-wall with live coverage, though they had little new to report as the day progressed. ABC and NBC even shifted their sports programming to sister cable channels. That night ABC, CBS and NBC rushed to produce prime time specials.
<p>CBS’s “Sunday Morning” yesterday aired a remarkable segment that broadsided the national media for refusing to give our nation’s fallen soldiers the attention they deserve. Martha Gillis offered an uninterrupted, 3-minute monologue sharing the pain of losing her nephew, 1st Lt. Brian Bradshaw, who was killed on June 25 by an IED in Afghanistan. Gillis faulted the media for its virtual non-coverage, which, as NewsBusters reported last week, amounted to just <a href="/blogs/brent-baker/2009/07/07/seven-soldiers-killed-afghanistan-get-1-20th-time-given-jackson" target="_blank">1/20th the broadcast network evening newscast airtime</a> given to Michael Jackson's death. </p> <p>In a statement released today, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell applauded CBS for the tribute (<a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalert/2009/20090713024141.aspx" target="_blank">click here</a> to view it online):</p><blockquote><p>Congratulations to CBS News. This is nothing short of remarkably candid journalism. The raw emotion of 1st Lt. Bradshaw’s aunt Martha Gillis is heartbreaking. It moves the audience to see undue suffering – caused by the media – for a family that has already been crushed by the death of one of their young.</p>
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: As Sotomayor hearings begin, supporters create ad attacking Rush!
Judge Sonia Sotomayor and Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. on Capitol Hill, Thursday, July 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Topics in today's show: Iraqis take over security in Iraq, North Korea's nuclear program, CNN's ratings continue to fall, and a Ukrainian village wants to name itself after Michael Jackson. Love the show? Then help spread the word by embedding it on your blog or telling your friends on Myspace and Facebook. Think you're funny? Send your (short) jokes to newsbusted at dialognewmedia.com.