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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Republicans block funding for 9/11 responders -- media shrugs (except for Jon Stewart)

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Tue Dec 14, 2010 at 06:00:03 PM UTC

Last week Senate Republicans -- refusing to work on any legislation until tax cuts for millionaires was secured -- blocked a bill that would have provided health care for 9/11 workers. And almost without exception, the media shrugged.
In fact, as noted by Media Matters,
... none of the evening news telecasts on ABC, CBS or NBC covered the news about the 9/11 first responders bill. And the rest of the mainstream media didn’t show much interest either. In the 48 hours following the vote, according to, the phrase “first responder” was mentioned 10 times on CNN,  nine on MSNBC and just one time on Fox News.
So perhaps, if those guardians of journalistic integrity could manage to tear themselves away from Sarah Palin's twitter feed for a few minutes, they could take a few moments to watch Jon Stewart's coverage:
... because apparently only a comedian saw a story in the appalling spectacle of Senate Republicans, who have shamelessly suckled at the tit of 9/11 for more than nine years, refusing to provide health coverage for the people they used to call American heroes.

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