With Health-Care Reform on the Line, Obama Reframes Critical Debate

After a month of angry town hall meetings and dire predictions about the state of his top domestic priority, President Obama moved forcefully Wednesday night to take the initiative on health care -- and in the process rejuvenate his presidency and unite his fractious Democratic Party. Full Story »

Posted by Derek Hawkins - via Washington Post , Publish2 (Politics)

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Iva Radman
4.0
by Iva Radman - Sep. 10, 2009

I think political stories are always a bit questionable when it comes to quality journalism. Everyone--even journalists--has an opinion when it comes to politics and sometimes it's difficult to write an unbiased story, especially when it comes to the President. I think Dan Balz did the best he could without coming across as an advertisement for President Obama. He presented the all facts as they were stated last night, with the exception of one--the fact that Joe Wilson (R-SC) called the President a liar during the part of the speech which spoke about illegal immigrants being eligible for health care. He addressed so many things in detail except that one point of the speech. I think it was important in showing both sides of the story. It was important because that was a huge moment that reflected the way a lot of Republicans felt. For him to leave it out of his analysis is careless because it meant that he wasn’t providing us with the whole story. Otherwise I thought it was a fairly well-balanced analysis of the President’s speech. The story gave good background information on the President’s summer ratings and gave insight into the past—former President Clinton’s poll revival after a similar speech. All in all, it was a decent story.

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