What Happened When Single-Payer Was Uninvited
I blogged earlier about astroturfing on the left and a healthcare rally at which AFSCME chose to uninvite anyone supporting single-payer. The result was a rally at which half the crowd had single-payer signs, and the local TV stations reported on a debate between single-payer and the public option, as if no other position (such as nuts screaming about death panels) existed. TV reporters just need two sides, they don't care which two sides or whether they're leaving out a third or fourth side. Keeping single-payer in the debate makes public option the rightist choice. Channel 29's clip did this. Here's a follow up article by Brandon Collins that includes video from Channel 19.