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Uninformed citizens don’t know truth

Published 11:40am Friday, October 18, 2013

I was astonished to read the letters about the government shutdown in Tuesday’s newspaper.

I couldn’t help thinking, does anyone really believe that the president is golfing instead of dealing with the default crisis, or that Harry Reid is obligated to entertain Tea Party legislation so extreme that it stands no chance of passing?

How is it possible to live in the Information Age and still have no idea how we arrived at such a dangerous juncture? There’s nothing complicated about it. The extreme right wing of the Republican party would like to overturn the health care law.

The president’s 2012 victory made this extremely difficult. So, they have forced a government shutdown, and appear willing to force a default on our nation’s debt, despite the financial chaos and staggering losses that would be the certain result of their actions.

I am reminded of the recent study that found that FOX News viewers are the least-informed of our nation’s TV news audience.

In fact, the study indicated that people who watch no news at all are better informed than FOX viewers.

Coincidence? I don’t think so.

Abby Fowler


  • deist

    The yardstick on truth and knowledge will be the outcome of the 2014 elections.

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  • mickakers

    Abby Fowler; Your critique of Fox News is on the money. My compliments. Fox New is grade B entertainment at the most.

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  • Lil Hilary

    Yes Abby, year after year, study after study shows the same thing, fox viewers are the least informed audience. The owner, News Corp (Rupert Murdock) is the second largest media Conglomerate in the world, who is a right wing machine. Some facts from Wikipedia:
    In July 2011, News Corp closed down the News of the World newspaper in the United Kingdom due to phone hackings. The allegations include trying to access former Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s voice mail, and obtain information from his bank accounts, family’s medical records, and private legal files. Allegations of hacking have also been brought up in relation to former Prime Minister Tony Blair, and the Royal Family. Other allegations put out by The Guardian newspaper include the exploitation, with intent to gain access to or use private information, of a list of 4,332 names or partial names, 2,987 mobile phone numbers, 30 audio tapes of varying length and 91 PIN codes, of a kind required to access the voicemail of the minority of targets who change the factory settings on their mobile phones.The names are said to include those of British victims of the 11 September 2001 terror attacks, family members of victims of the “7/7″ bombings on London’s transit system, family members of British troops killed overseas, Milly Dowler, a 13-year-old missing British girl who was later found dead, actor Hugh Grant and a lawyer representing the family of Princess Diana’s lover at the inquest into her death. So…..this is the type of people controlling what comes through the TV to the fox viewer. It’s like leading sheep to their slaughter.

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  • keta

    nurse or doctor in the clinic, they are now burdened with administrative duties

    Oh, well then. If the rollout is difficut, if there are serious IT issues, then let’s just forget about affordable health care. The myth that medical professionals hate the health care law is a popular one. The American Medical Association supports it, the American Hospital Association supports it…..We’ve been getting pounded with propaganda from the beginning.

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  • mickakers

    mikehaney; Huh? I believe I would trash that Huffington Post article. That has to be one of the most outlandish articles I have ever read. I do admire the writers use of the English language but when it comes to comprehending the Affordable Care Act and it’s benefits to the average or below average American, the writer is left at the gate. Abby Fowler; My compliments on an insightful article. It is obvious your care and concern for the Health needs of the people far exceed those of the Huffington Post writer.

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  • mikehaney

    Dear Abby. I fear no one knows the truth. Have you read it, or has anyone else?————————————————————-Granted, there are peer-reviewed publications analyzing the impact and understanding the metrics with vigor and thoroughness, and this is not entirely a negligent exercise but is certainly an uncontrolled and unconstrained one, with the onus of accountability riding squarely on the practitioner’s shoulders. Proper legislation would have taken into account the impact data, the utility and the functionality to test scenarios that support the political goals that are touted as the core of the reform policy. It is clear that no-one with any project management experience was involved in this civil engineering endeavor and that we are now frightfully short of utilization, integration, interoperability and engagement especially for the public, to make any lofty claims of being ready to make health care accessible and affordable.

    Getting back to the busy practitioner, nurse or doctor in the clinic, they are now burdened with administrative duties of curating the information into the system, searching for information that does not exist and cross-referencing paper charts, responding to constant alerts for system tasks that did not exist in prior safe practice and see more patients in one day than before to be compliant under threat of not receiving incentive payments from the government. So hospitals now hire navigators or business shepherds to keep these high performers on task, but productivity is falling, doctors are considering early retirement and despite the convenience of quickly accessible information online, are suffering from IT fatigue that is not letting up. Some systems are almost a decade in deployment of the software and not even close to independently functional and many are switching vendors in the hope of a better system. Huffington Post

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