Atrios said something exactly right yesterday:
The media is basically letting all opponents of health care say whatever the hell they want about health care reform with little pushback.
I don't know why I continue to be surprised when this happens, but I do...
It's always good news for Republicans. And you know what else is? The fact that in Great Britain they actually have an occasional press attempt for accountability that doesn't end when something else shiny comes along (and also topless women, but that's really Rupert's fault).
Tony Blair, the former prime minister, misled MPs and the public throughout 2002 when he claimed that Britain’s objective was “disarmament, not regime change” and that there had been no planning for military action. In fact, British military planning for a full invasion and regime change began in February 2002.
And, of course, they didn't plan alone.
But strangely, the cheerleaders for that war, like Joe Lieberman and Bill Kristol, also get to trot out lie after lie about health care, and no one in our splendid press corps seems to wonder why anyone should listen to them, let alone uncritically. We cannot possibly hold people -- well, Republicans, accountable for their past actions.
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[Cross-posted at Firedoglake]