Silent Majority No More Blog has a great article on Friday’s nationwide Healthcare Protests that happened in Asheville NC. Looks like they had almost as many people as we did in San Antonio — maybe more!
It is important to note here that we were not “storming the Bastille.” We were not carrying pitchforks, nor did we arrive unannounced. Our group called ahead well over a week in advance and requested that someone from Shuler’s office receive our petitions and comments. We were informed that they would not accept our petitions and that (Congressman) Shuler would not be there, but that someone would receive us.
A woman from Canada spoke of her experience in that healthcare system, as did a man from Germany. People demanded that Shuler read the bill before voting on it. Someone pointed out that it is hypocritical for Congress to push a healthcare plan from which they themselves are exempt. When asked when Shuler would be in Asheville, the assistant repeated several times that we were each welcome to call the Washington DC office to request an appointment with the scheduler. He refused to make the call on our behalf. He also left the lobby before our gathering was finished asking him questions.
Yeesh! Nice people. Must be Democraps. Also mentioned:
Item of note: The only representative of the Asheville area print media present was from the Asheville Daily Planet. To my knowledge, neither the Asheville Citizen-Times, the Mountain Xpress, nor the Tribune papers sent reporters. If I am incorrect in this, please call it to my attention. WLOS (TV) was there and interviewed me and possibly others.
And then THIS is what played on WLOS that night:
Hat Tip to Charlie Foxtrot Blog, who noted like I did:
The coverage of the actual protest was sparse, and actual sound bites were quick and selectively edited. But the worst part was how the “reporter” went out of her way to give “balance” to the story, complete with a formal sit down interview with couple who has a sad story and wants Obamacare in order to cover their health needs.
The “balance” that reporter Courtney Brennen gives, the older couple (Steve & Tricia Minnick) and their sad story, turns out not to be new to Brennen’s reporting resumé. However their story seems to have changed slightly since their previous apperance.
Back in May, Brennen interviewed Tricia Minnick at a Jobs Fair. At the time, the Minnick’s story was:
Tricia and her husband retired early and moved to Mexico a few years ago. Healthcare is cheaper there, and her husband is not well. But Tricia now finds herself back in the rat race. “Well, we moved back because our 401-K tanked. We had to come back and find jobs.”
However, now when Brennen needed to find some balance to the FreedomWorks protest, her reporting on the Minnick’s story has suddenly changed.
Steve and his wife, Tricia, had to move to Mexico because healthcare is cheaper. When their 401k’s tanked, they had to move back to the mountains and get full-time jobs. Tricia has been denied insurance coverage several times because of a “pre-existing condition.” The new legislation would stop that from happening.
For anyone who might wonder about reporter Courtney Brennen’s motivations in presenting the story as she did, need only to read her official bio. In her off time she likes to “…read anything by Anna Quindlen, Maureen Dowd, and Anne Lamott.” Yikes! No wonder she felt she had to put the progressive spin on this news story…..
And did you notice how the sick one in ste story changed from the husband “who was not well” to the wife “who had pre-existing conditions”?
WLOS doesn’t publish e-mail address or contact information (you’d think they’d have had complaints before or something!), but here’s their contact form if you feel inclined to let them know how sill that report was.
Oh wait; I take it bak. Here’s her e-mail address right here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous coverage of the July 17th tea Party protests:
Over 150 Tea Partiers Turn Out to Protest in San Antonio at Five Sites!
Twitter’s @wikiworf reports via Twitter “I was at the Mc Allen protest at Ruben Hinojosa’s office along with 80 other people. 50 were at Henry Cuellar’s office.”