Saturday, October 14, 2017

Another Example of the Washington Post's Decline

If this is journalism, The Washington Post should just pack it in. Here is the opening sentence in an article from yesterday's paper on recent Trump Administration policy, by Amy Goldstein and Juliet Halperin:

President Trump is throwing a bomb into the insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act, choosing to end critical payments to health insurers that help millions of lower-income Americans afford coverage.

Note the incendiary language, "throwing a bomb." Paragraph nine of the same article reads as follows:

The cost-sharing reductions — or CSRs, as they are known — have long been the subject of a political and legal seesaw. Congressional Republicans argued that the sprawling 2010 health-care law that established them does not include specific language providing appropriations to cover the government’s cost. House Republicans sued HHS over the payments during President Barack Obama’s second term. A federal court agreed that they were illegal, and the case has been pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

I presume that the reporters knew the information they wrote in paragraph nine before writing the first sentence. Yet they characterize ending payments that a federal court has deemed illegal as "throwing a bomb." I expect more from professionals, so why, other than the fact that my local paper reprinted this, would I seek out The Washington Post?

I wouldn't. By contrast, read this post at Powerline by John Hinderaker. It provides a legal background, it quotes from the judge's decision, and links to another source about the likely effect of the policy change. If the amateurs can do a better job than the professionals, then it is no surprise that traditional news outlets are in decline.

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