Townhall Downfall: Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN) “This Is My Town Hall”

The Atlantic reports:

That’s what Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN), the policy leader of the conservative/moderate Blue Dog coalition, explained to a journalism student at a town-hall meeting Wednesday night who asked why she wasn’t allowed to videotape the event for a school project.

“This is my town hall meeting, and I set the rules, and I’ve had these rules,” Hill responded, in an authoritative tone. “Let me repeat that one more time. This is my town hall meeting for you. And you’re not going to tell me how to run my congressional office. Now, the reason why I don’t allow filming is that usually the films that are done end up on YouTube in a compromising position.”

Well, we can see how that worked out:

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Pawlenty: Voters ‘ticked off and scared’

A policy niche is beginning to pay dividends for Tim Pawlenty’s prospective 2012 bid: health care.
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Poll: Montana Dems down on Baucus
New poll: 55 percent of Montana Dems disapprove of longtime senator’s actions on health care.
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Obama’s Big Bang could go bust
Some Democrats point to a decision in June as the first vivid sign of trouble for Obama.
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Hoyer: Public option may have to go
Steny Hoyer says that the public option may have to go in order to get a bill passed.
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Waxman insurance probe began in July
Waxman’s investigation began with letters to the insurance industry’s powerful trade group.
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Obama: Stop ‘phony claims’ on health
In his weekly address, President Obama debunks ‘outrageous myths’ about health care reform.
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Mr President, If you haven’t read the bill how do you know what is and isn’t phony?!

Kennedy illness symbol in debate
With his own health failing, Kennedy is a rallying force for advocates of national health care reform.
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News: Americans Believe They Will Pay for Abortions
A poll conducted by NBC News shows that half of respondents believe federal tax dollars will go to pay for abortions through the proposed health care plan.
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New Word in Healthcare Debate? Co-Op
Support for a government run “public option” in the healthcare plan is falling. So the new word in the debate is “co-operatives” or co-op for short.
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Obama Strikes Nerve in Abortion Funding Debate
From town halls to conference calls, health care reform continues to dominate President Obama’s daily agenda. Now, the debate is turning religious.
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Poll Shows Obama Health Care Rating Low
A new poll shows that more Americans are unhappy with President Barack Obama’s performance in the health care debate.
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Bozell Statement on MSNBC’s Slander of Town Hallers As ‘Racist’ Via Selective Video Editing

NewsBusters.org  Media Research CenterMedia Research Center President and NewsBusters.org Publisher Brent Bozell today issued a public statement in which he demanded that MSNBC accept responsibility and apologize for concocting a racially charged “news” story that falsely accused a supposedly white health reform protester of carrying a gun out of hatred for a black President.

NewsBusters.org’s Kyle Drennen initially reported on this on Tuesday, and yesterday provided an update: that the Second Amendment Foundation, as the name would suggest a gun-owners rights group, had condemned the liberal network for “using deceptively-edited video from a Phoenix, Arizona anti-tax rally on Monday to invent a racial stereotype in its on-going effort to demonize and marginalize American firearms owners as ‘racists.’”

After Politico.com picked up Kyle’s initial NewsBusters.org item, an MSNBC spokesperson attempted to justify the slander: “Contessa was speaking generally and not about that specific person with the automatic weapon.”

But Brewer did specifically cite an unidentified African-American man who attended a protest outside of a Monday speech by President Obama: “Yesterday, as President Obama addressed the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Phoenix, a man at a pro-health care reform rally just outside, wore a semiautomatic assault rifle on his shoulder and a pistol on his hip.”

Bozell’s statement:

“This goes beyond ‘sloppy’ reporting by MSNBC. This was a deliberate effort to brand conservatives as racists – and now as violent racists.

“Since the beginning of the presidential campaign, this so-called ‘news’ network has tried desperately to convince viewers that opposition to Barack Obama must be race-based. Now they are actually producing deliberately misleading stories to push that agenda. As a ‘news’ network, MSNBC is a disgrace.

“MSNBC owes this man and the tens of thousands of protestors a public apology. It should also extend that apology to its tens of thousands of viewers.”

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