Film at 11: "Progressive" A-list front-pagers continue single payer coverage blackout FAIL
["Look! Over there! Sarah Palin!" was ironic, if that's how you landed here. --lambert]
Corrente front page:
(Fri, 07/31/2009 - 9:15pm)
Pelosi to offer single payer floor vote
[Posted at 10:48AM Saturday EST -- Readers, if you can come up with an example where an A-list blogger gave this a post on the front page, I'd actually be relieved. --lambert]
Now let's take a look at A list coverage single payer coverage starting, oh, at 5:00PM on Friday. Are there any posts that tell readers that single payer will be allowed a floor vote? (Casual mentions and asides, though I couldn't find any of those either, don't count.)
For completeness, I'll list the titles of all the posts. And for civility, I'll leave off the names of the authors.
FDL front page:
(Saturday August 1, 2009 6:32 am) Brooks as Goldilocks, Reminiscing about the Three Banksters
(Saturday August 1, 2009 5:15 am) Pull Up A Chair…
(July 31, 2009 10:00 pm) Late Late Night FDL: Club Poodle
(July 31, 2009 8:00 pm) Late Night: Elephants on Parade
(Friday July 31, 2009 6:01 pm) So That’s What It Takes
(Friday July 31, 2009 5:29 pm) Reply to Ezra Klein on the Importance of the Public Option and Exchanges (Part II)
(July 31, 2009 4:45 pm) Mike Ross Thrives While Constituents Struggle, Study Says
Crooks and Liars front page:
(Saturday Aug 01, 2009 6:45am) Mike's Blog Round Up
(Saturday Aug 01, 2009 5:30am) Andrea Mitchell does the Birthers
(Friday Jul 31, 2009 8:30pm) Open Thread
(Friday Jul 31, 2009 8:00pm) C&L's Late Nite Music Club - Friday Night Ripoffs (?) with Thin Lizzy and Kenny Dorham
(Friday Jul 31, 2009 7:00pm) Good Doggie! Blue Dogs Rewarded With Substantial Donations from Insurance, Big Pharma Lobbyists
(Jul 31, 2009 6:00pm) The Rachel Maddow Show: Calling the Republicans' Bluff on Health Care Reform
(Friday Jul 31, 2009 5:00pm) Study: Misconduct is rampant in ICE's immigration raids
(Friday Jul 31, 2009 4:00pm) MN Bloggers File Ethics Complaints Against Republican Michele Bachmann
(8/01/2009 08:27:00 AM) Saturday Morning Open Thread
(8/01/2009 03:28:00 AM) Cory Aquino died today
(8/01/2009 01:14:00 AM) Markos: "There is a sizeable component of the Republican base that does not believe that Barack Obama is an American"
(7/31/2009 11:03:00 PM) House Energy and Commerce passed its version of health care
(7/31/2009 09:41:00 PM) Reviews are in for Milbank/Cillizza theatre...
(7/31/2009 07:31:00 PM) Media Matters has an ad on CNN about Lou Dobbs and his birther obsession. Lou Dobbs doesn't like it.
(7/31/2009 05:29:00 PM) Sleazy tactics from DC-based lobbying firm, Bonner & Associates
(7/31/2009 04:07:00 PM) Afghanistan: US has deadliest month as new strategy is developed
(Sat Aug 01, 2009 at 06:50:03 AM PDT) Study: GOP Failure To Attract Voters of Color Puts Them In Peril
(Sat Aug 01, 2009 at 06:00:03 AM PDT) This Week in Science
(Sat Aug 01, 2009 at 05:48:01) Open Thread
(Sat Aug 01, 2009 at 05:37:57 AM PDT) Your Abbreviated Pundit Round-up
(Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 09:33:21 PM PDT) Green Diary Rescue & Open Thread: Little Hydro
(Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 08:20:05 PM PDT) Open Thread and Diary Rescue**
(Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 07:26:05 PM PDT) Where's Your Birth Certificate?
(Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 06:38:01 PM PDT) Open Thread
(Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 06:36:04 PM PDT) Dick Armey Preaches Climate Change Denialism
(Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 05:45:31 PM PDT) Markos On The Birthers
(Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 05:02:04 PM PDT) How's that Obstruction Paying Off, Mike Ross?
(Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 04:36:41 PM PDT) Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Coke FRIDAY!
(Sat Aug 01, 2009 at 08:30) Morning Maybe...(The Tribute Band of Open Left Diaries) Returns
(Sat Aug 01, 2009 at 00:00) Online Voter Registration Reaches Some Citizens, but Won't Close the Electoral Gap
(Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 19:30) Weekend Diary Preview & Evening Open Thread
(Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 17:30) "Energy Determines Biological Success"
(Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 20:15) Arbitration Contracts and Business Class Citizenship
(08.01.09 -- 7:00AM) WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY? [video]
(08.01.09 -- 12:31AM) IT'S ALL GOOD [link out to health care thumbsucker by Jonathan Alter]
(07.31.09 -- 9:19PM) SQUEAKER [HE&C passage]
(07.31.09 -- 8:55PM) THE POST RESPONDS
(07.31.09 -- 7:15PM) CORAZON AQUINO, DEAD AT 76
(07.31.09 -- 5:50PM) (THE DAY IN 100 SECONDS: SING IT, CLUCKY [video]
(07.31.09 -- 5:13PM) NO MORE MR. BAUCUS GUY?
(07.31.09 -- 5:07PM) UPPING THE ANTE [birthers]
(7/31/2009 07:30:00 PM) The Comforting Violence Of Jack Bauer
(7/31/2009 06:00:00 PM) Going Too Far [Glen Beck]
(7/31/2009 04:30:00 PM) Astroforging [winger operatives]
And the headlines at Eschaton are too short to be meaningful, but there's no coverage there either.
The Big Chill.
Pre-emptive strike on
excuses the reasons:
1. We're a big operation and stories are queued up.
The advantage of blogging is rapid reaction.
2. We needed time to write a good enough story.
That's what quick hits are for.
3. It's Friday night, we were out!
Some of us weren't. And everybody knows that interesting news often breaks at 5:00. So why was nobody minding the store?
4. It's Friday night, and readers won't be interested!
Breaking news should always be covered.
5. All the stories we did print were good.
So why didn't you print this one?
6. There's no story here
Oh, come on. Where have we heard that before?
Solutions? I don't know. For now, I'd recommend that readers join as many relevant (health care; media critique) threads as possible on the A list, and make sure the news gets covered there. If we don't, who will?
* * *
You know, I really, really hate to sound foily, but it's almost like there's some kinda conspiracy of silence going on here*. Not unlike ABC's. Plus ça "change," plus c'est la même chose...
NOTE Hey, I almost said "censor," but the sun is shining, and there's kittens, n stuff... So I won't. But I can't stop you from thinking it!
NOTE * Kos gets an asterisk, since readers voted this post about Anthony Weiner onto the recommend list. It's great single payer advocacy, because the same advantages of simplicity, effectiveness, and appeal that skewer the free-market ideologues also skewer the Rube Goldberg contraption that the public option advocates have devised.
UPDATE Steve Benen, who seems to be smarter than the average "progressive," gives a link to the Hill story, and frames the vote as "symbolic," which you can see propagate, almost in real time.
Of course, Weiner's Medicare YouTube was also symbolic (and the subtext really is Medicare for All). I guess it just depends on whether the symbols are TownHouse-Approved...
UPDATE It's so obvious that I forgot to mention it, but the deafening silence from our "progressive" tribunes of the people is entirely consistent with how the "little single payer advocates" are derided, excluded, and censored by the same White House -- and the same "progressives" -- that claim to value openness and transparency.