Paul Ryan! Health Care Policy Maker of the Year!

Or so Politico would have us believe. They have given Paul Ryan their award for “Health Care Policy Maker of the Year.” You can’t make this stuff up. I expect them next week to award Herman Cain their “Foreign Policy Wonk of the Year” award. Granted, liberals know that Politico is quite conservative, if not simply a mouthpiece for the far right. But Politico themselves, and the rest of the corporate media constantly bend over backwards to make the case that no, Politico is really just part of the mainstream or via media. Well, not so much. The Washington Monthly and Paul Krugman do a nice job of showing the absurdity of such an award from any kind of reality based world view. Even if you like the idea of privatizing Medicare and throwing millions of seniors into the wild to fend for themselves on the health care free market, they show that Ryan’s numbers simply don’t add up. Apparently that doesn’t matter to Politico. They exist in the world of truthiness. It is only necessary to point all this out as the daily Politico newsletter is the first and foremost go to source that virtually everyone in Washington reads first every day, from pundits and politicians alike. We wonder why Washington seems so far removed from reality. We shouldn’t wonder. The answer is simple. It is because they are. In the spirit of their Ryan award, I hereby award Politico the “Reality-based Objective Journalist of the Year” award.

About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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