Alexandria, VA - Media Research Center (MRC) President Brent Bozell today responded to ABC's hour and a half of nighttime programming yesterday broadcast from the White House and dedicated to President Barack Obama's position on the health care debate.
ABC had promised to deliver a health care presentation that would "not be 'slanted' in any way - much less a 'day-long infomercial' or 'in-kind free advertising'," but not a single expert was offered to counter President Obama's plan to nationalize the nation's health care industry. The network gave Obama a 60-minute primetime special (Questions for the President: Prescription for America) plus a special edition of Nightline to present his case that the government must take over the health care system in order to provide for the nation's uninsured.
ABC "balanced" it this morning by having GOP Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin on today's Good Morning America to discuss his health care ideas - for a 3 minute 5 second segment. Ryan got less than 2 minutes (1 minute, 47 seconds) to respond to questions. Obama received 25 times that much time last night.
Brent Bozell stated:
"ABC News has more than earned the title of the All Barack Channel, they have recklessly fought to achieve it. After being condemned by conservatives for organizing a Presidential infomercial, they publicly pledged a fair discussion. But their coverage is proof that they were disingenuous and made a mockery out of the very notion of journalism. The All Barack Channel is nothing but a megaphone for President Obama and has committed itself to the success of his radical, left-wing agenda."