On MSNBC’s August 13 “Morning Joe,” Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown tried to shift focus away from the many Americans showing up at health care town halls across the country by highlighting a free clinic in California that drew thousands.
Brown described the crowd of people seeking care as “third world,” and Hurricane Katrina victims.
“I also do think that as powerful and sort of disturbing as all this stuff is in these town halls, actually a more powerful image to me was the image today actually on the cover of The New York Times,” Brown said.
“Thousands of people in
“I think it speaks more powerfully than these town halls,” Brown concluded.
The Times story Brown cited also used the
Brown didn’t explore the fact that anything “free” will draw many people or the possibility of
Many in the news media have been trying to discredit the furor at health care town halls by focusing on the “debate about the debate” and calling the crowds “orchestrated” or staged, rather than seeking real answers to what a health care reform package could mean for people.