Monday, November 25, 2013
Ms. Jana Collier, Editor-in-chief
Dayton Daily News
If you are serious about "Our mission is to provide investigative reporting and deliver in-depth coverage you won’t receive from any other source."...
Then you need to do more regarding your coverage of health care reform. While you echo all the noise about how Obamacare is failing in one way or another, you have yet to offer your readers any original articles on the topic of Improved Medicare for All seen in the New York Times, The Washington Post or other periodicals. You have failed to educate your readers on how the corporations have been brainwashing the public with propaganda linking any universal healthcare plan with socialism to scare them away from the most popular, comprehensive, cost-effective means of providing healthcare in the industrialized world. You could have revealed the results of several surveys that show that Americans believe that the government needs to and should do something about the outrageous costs and injustices of our sick-care non-system. Have you pointed out how imbalanced the messages are when the media calls playing clips of talking heads in Congress spouting lies over and over that people are taking it for the truth as news? How many times could you count on "news" broadcasts the words, "the people don't want a government takeover of healthcare" coming from the mouths of Republicans in Congress? Did you offer any stories or opinions countering those scare tactics? No, no, no.
If you are really serious about providing the best in-depth articles, you would have your staff visit healthcare-now.org, pnhp.org, spanohio.org and read books listed at wndavis.blogspot.com and available at the Dayton Metro Library and wonder why you didn't do it sooner. Anything you saw a reference to, that led to a broken link, you could ask me if I still have a copy. I have so much I could provide, if you would only inquire. Improved Medicare for All is the answer to so many issues of need, it's not funny. So much money rides on the decisions about healthcare reform that the people making the money don't want the reform that would serve the public. Saving that money absconded by insurance companies and co-conspirators could be put to so much better use.
It's your job, although some so-called journalists deny it lately, to shed light on both sides of the issues so the people can make an informed decision. Right now, only the arguments from the right are being heard over the omnipresent mainstream "liberal?" corporate media. You need to balance that on the left, not with lip service, but with real facts. If you don't, you will lose more readers to the DailyKos.com, Huffpost.com, NationofChange.org, etc.
William N. Davis, II