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Obama blog suppresses mention of single payer

Posted by Charles II on April 1, 2009

Via Avedon, Lambert Strether has the story.

Color me “disgusted.”

PS: You can write to Governor Culver here and to President Obama at

11 Responses to “Obama blog suppresses mention of single payer”

  1. Funnily enough, a lot of other things didn’t make it, as Lambert himself mentioned. But Lambert doesn’t know when to quit. From his own somewhat typically overheated recounting:

    NOTE * And, oddly, or not, not from Reuters proper, AP, Bloomberg, Pravda on the Potomac, Izvestia on the Hudson, or even McClatchy.

    Wow! All those news agencies must absolutely worship Obama, right? Except that they don’t. (See for instance how Howard Kurtz and Fred Hiatt, from “Pravda on the Potomac”, typically talk about Obama. And these blokes aren’t even the most conservative people in the WaPo’s employ, though they are among the most powerful.)

    I suspect that, like virtually every blog (including this one), some sort of moderation was in effect. Whether or not it was well done moderation can and should be debated (as a similar question concerning public feedback was debated, a good deal more sensibly, over at The Field), but Lambert’s reaction to it is, well, of a piece with pretty much everything Lambert’s written about Obama ever since the start of the 2008 election cycle.

    For those who are late to the party: Lambert, like his Corrente stablemate Avedon, backed somebody else (namely Hillary Clinton) in the primaries (to the point where he broke with Markos Moulitsas, big-time, over this). Most Hillary supporters, like most Edwards supporters (of which I was one), got over their pick’s not getting the big ring months ago. But unlike with the former Edwards backers, there are a few PUMAs still on the prowl, and it doesn’t take much for them to bare their claws — even when it’s debatable whether their candidate would have behaved differently had she been the one who cleaned McCain’s clock last fall. She co-sponsored the TARP legislation, for one thing — you know, the legislation that Lambert has bashed Obama for backing? It was one of her last acts before resigning as Senator to meekly submit to the horrible, terrible, gruesome humiliation (note for the irony-impaired: this is of course sarcasm) of becoming Obama’s Secretary of State.

  2. Charles II said

    PW, a majority of people want single-payer.

    Culver took a serious question from a physician and blew it off. The White House failed to mention the question in what was claimed to be a liveblog. A liveblog should be even more scrupulous about representing what was said that a blog like ours, but I can say with certainty that we have never scrubbed a legitimate comment or question.

    If it were the only time that the White House had disappeared single payer from the discussion, I might write it off. But reports we had were that, with two exceptions, they failed to invite supporters of single payer to the White House for discussions. Obama has been very generous about including in the conversation evangelicals, and Republicans who oppose him at every step, and Blue Dogs who stab him in the back– but has been very stingy about including people who did vote for him.

    Snuffing out any reference to single payer on the White House blog was wrong, and has nothing to do with Lambert or Avedon or Kos or PUMAs or who voted for who in the primary. It has everything to do with an oligarchy frustrating the will of the American people to the detriment of the nation.

  3. We seem to be agreed on all the facts but one;

    Avedon is in no sense “a Corrente stablemate” (“a person or thing originating from or belonging to the same establishment, field, etc., as another”). Surely you must know that Avedon not only has her own blog, but that she’s fully capable of forming her own opinions. If and when we end up sharing the same views, it’s because we arrived at them independently. “Stablemate,” forsooth.

  4. And what Charles said.

  5. Charles II said

    PS, via Daily Kos:

    “If Barack Obama’s healthcare plan gets changed to exclude a public option like Medicare, then it is not healthcare reform. Legislation rises and falls on whether the American public is allowed to choose a universally available public option or not.” — Howard Dean

  6. Somehow I knew that quoting Lambert’s own words back at him would get his attention. ;-) This is the guy who helped pretend that OMG Obama flipped off Hillary eeeeek! (I mean come on, even Jeralyn Merritt admitted it was just Obama scratching his face. Not quite sure if it counts as pareidolia, though.)

  7. Thanks PW, Corrente is one of the blogs I dropped from my reading list last year, along with the awful No Quarter.

  8. vastleft said

    Phoenix Woman, your efforts to deflect attention away from yet another sell-out by Obama and his team might be more effective if they didn’t include gratuitously and erroneously painting longtime Clinton-critic Avedon Carol as a (*shudder*) PUMA.

    “Knowing when to quit” might include standing pat after bashing Lambert and (some of) his actual blogmates for our troubling failure to admire Obama’s transformative right-centrism.

  9. One more thing. Phoenix Woman writes:

    NOTE * And, oddly, or not, not from Reuters proper, AP, Bloomberg, Pravda on the Potomac, Izvestia on the Hudson, or even McClatchy.

    Wow! All those news agencies must absolutely worship Obama, right?

    Well, no. I neither wrote that, nor implied that. In fact, the media’s blackout on single payer is well known; see my post here. My world doesn’t revolve around Obama, so I don’t imagine that all its ills are caused by him.

    * * *

    Next, it seems, or should seem, remarkable to me that, rather than rectify an obvious wrong — the suppression of a legitimate policy option in the discussion of health care, which is literally a matter of life and death for many who are going without health care because the are not insured — the reaction is to shoot the messenger. Wouldn’t it be more productive to try to solve the problem by giving all parties the seats at the table that were promised?

    * * *

    Oh, and as far as relitigating the primaries…. I see no need to invest more time in it, even as a pleasant distraction. Suffice to say that, with a majority of Democrats, I voted for the candidate that the party did not, ultimately choose. I see no reason to be ashamed that I voted for our current Secretary of State. And for the reader who doesn’t read us? Sorry — you missed an excellent and informed discussion, as well as the scoop linked to above in the post.

  10. Charles II said

    I read through the first third of the discussion with Jess Fiedorowicz, Lambert. It’s very good. I’m glad you’ve taken that very positive tack.

  11. Thanks, Charles. Jess is great and I hope he goes on to greater glory on the A list. I’m really not into relitigation — on that whole set of issues, I’m in response mode only. But in response mode I am!

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