(Sort of) Sorry about that, Brit

Brit Hume

In this era of “fake news”(aka “bullshit”) I try very hard to not post anything that falls into that category. But, if I’m i’m doing too many things at once, I can get distracted and, suddenly something not completely true ends up getting posted.

Like this piece I linked to on my Facebook page:

Brit Hume: “Giving Health Insurance To Sick People Defeats The Core Ethic Values Of This Country”

In the article, FOX News commentator Hume is quoted saying many outrageous things, such as:

“Make yourself capable of anything and all shall be given to you. That means that every American’s basic responsibility is to take care of themselves first, which is to say, make sure they don’t get sick and fall into the care of others. If that happens, you’ve pretty much lost the right to call yourself an American, as cruel as that sounds.”

You might say, “That’s absurd. That has to be classic ‘fake news'”

You would be right. He didn’t say that.

In my defense, I will point out that Hume did say absurd stuff in that same TV appearance, including:

BRIT HUME: And remember this, Chris. The triumph of Obamacare is this coverage for pre-existing conditions, which basically defeats the whole idea of insurance. Which is, for example, in the automobile insurance market, if you could wait until you had a wreck and then buy insurance and have the repairs covered, that’s comparable to what we’re doing here. 

DR. EZEKIEL EMANUEL: But Brit, if I have cancer —

HUME: Hold on, let me finish. Can I please finish? The idea of insurance is that you purchase it to guard against risks and things that may occur in the future. It’s not that you purchase the coverage after you are already sick. Once that idea is gone, Obamacare essential remains. 

I saw the video of Hume pretending to not understand how insurance works and assumed the rest of the article was true.

And you know what happens when you assume, right?

I hate that. I hate making that kind of mistake because I want people to consider what I write here or on social media, even if it’s opinion, to be truthful, unless it’s intended as satire. In the latter case, I don’t try to fool readers into thinking it’s real.

BS just means more people tune out.

That’s what the Trauners* of the world want.  They’d prefer you get your information from them, or from their agents at “think tanks” like the Illinois Policy Institute, the right-wing, anti working families advocacy group to which Gov. Rauner has outsourced his administration.

So, I apologize to Brit Hume for spreading a story that claimed he said more absurd things than the absurd things he actually said.

I will continue to strive for perfection.

And I will fail. But I hope you’ll continue to read.

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*Word I just made up combining Trump and Rauner, meant to suggest those politicians who seek to crush unions and take from working people to enrich the already wealthy.

McBarronBlog Bonus:

Veteran Illinois political observer James Nowlan on the Illinois Policy Institute 

MediaMatters on Brit Hume

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