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Missing the punchline

September 27, 2013 - Jim Anderson
Each year, nearly 1,000 conservatives gather to “skewer the most preposterous, excruciatingly stupid, and downright hysterical instances of liberal media bias.”

The event is the Media Research Center’s “Gala,” featuring the DisHonors Awards.

This year, the audience selected the "Quote of the Year" winner after watching video clips of the nominees.

The winner was Jonathan Alter, former Newsweek and now Bloomberg View columnist, and a frequent guest on MSNBC.

Alter won his supposedly dubious honor for saying on “The Ed Show” in August 2012 that, if Mitt Romney were elected president, “a lot of people will die” when Obamacare is repealed.

If the standard here is bias, I understand the award.

What I don’t get is the “preposterous, excruciatingly stupid, and downright hysterical” part.

In context, here’s some of what Alter said:

“If you have pre-existing conditions, and you are thrown off of health insurance, or if you get sick after you or your husband, spouse loses the job, you're not going to go to the doctor as soon, your cancer or whatever disease is not going to be caught as quickly, and your odds of dying are much, much increased. So Obamacare will save literally thousands of lives. And this is what the debate should be about: Do we as a country want to throw sick Americans to the wolves, people with pre-existing conditions?”

So, what, exactly, is preposterous about raising that debate?

Or does the “Gala” believe emergency rooms can solve everything?



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