Deja vu: Palin and death panels
Sarah Palin is talking death panels again. This time, instead of using Facebook, she is recycling this bugaboo in the pages of The Wall Street Journal this morning.
Hoping to grab attention on the morning of the president's health care address to Congress, she criticizes Obama's desire to create an Independent Medicare Advisory Council, what she calls "an unelected, largely unaccountable group of experts charged with containing medical costs." Using Obama's words, the failed 2008 vice presidential candidate says this group "should guide decisions regarding that 'huge driver of cost ... the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives ...'"
Given such statements, Palin writes: "[I]s it any wonder that many of the sick and elderly are concerned that the Democrats' proposals will ultimately lead to rationing of their health care by -- dare I say it -- death panels. Establishment voices dismissed that phrase, but it rang true for many Americans."
The concept of death panels has been debunked time and time again, but the former Alaska governor keeps trotting it out, because she wants the spotlight. It's working. Television this morning was all over the gambit, discussing her latest attempt to get into a policy discussion in which she has no role.
The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder wrttes in a piece called "Media Challenge: Will They Take The Palin Bait?" -- soon after the op-ed became available online last night -- that Palin should not be taken as an authority on health care issues.
So here's a challenge to the media: if you want to do justice to conservative ideas and find some balance in your coverage tomorrow, book serious Republicans with original ideas on your programs. If you don't, Palin is giving herself a voice at your expense and through little effort of her own.