ABC is going to host an Obama special on health care
ABC News will host an hour-long special on health care reform in the U.S. next Wednesday from the White House East Room -- a move that ABC is defending but critics are calling a surrender to the Obama administration's effort to control the debate.
The prime time special -- called "Questions for the President: Prescription for America" by ABC News -- will be a nationally televised event during which President Obama will answer questions presented by audience members selected by ABC News.
But critics of Obama's health care reform are asking that they be allowed to voice their side of the national debate.
"In the absence of opposition, I am concerned this event will become a glorified infomercial to promote the Democrat agenda. If that is the case, this prime time infomercial should be paid for out of the DNC coffers. President Obama does not hold a monopoly on health care reform ideas or on free airtime," Ken McKay, Chief of Staff for the Republican National Committee, wrote in a letter to ABC News President David Westin.
Can you imagine the outrage if Fox News had done something similar with President Bush? This is going to be nothing more than an informercial for socialized medicine dressed up as a town hall, except that all of the participants are going to be handpicked. You can be sure that no one is going to ask any hard questions that don't show up on Obama's teleprompter.