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Best coverage ever?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Harold Pollack writes in The New Republic that the health care debate was, contrary to what you might think, covered very well by the media. Sure, there was a fair share of crap, but, for the most part, reporters and commentators did a good job of providing helpful news and analysis.

Because it is so easy to find bad reporting and public stupidity, it is easy to overlook something. Press coverage of health care reform was the most careful, most thorough, and most effective reporting of any major story, ever.

Throughout this past year, moderately informed and inquisitive readers could get more accurate information, more quickly, and more carefully-analyzed than one ever could before. I concede that one needed to know where to find this information. If you relied (say) on Fox News or the New York Post as your cognitive portal, it was easy to remain severely misinformed about even the broad outlines of what was proposed. I don't know how much of the resulting ignorance should be laid at the broader media's doorstep. My judgmental half wants to apply the term "operator error" rather liberally here. If you read any of the top five or ten national newspapers or (often even better) their accompanying websites, you were only a few clicks away from a remarkable and free library of analysis and supporting information of remarkable depth and diversity.

It's an interesting read. Do you agree?


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