Thursday, June 29, 2017

West Wing Reads...only books with pictures

West Wing Reads

No need to guess where the White House is getting its crazy ideas, West Wing Reads provides a window into how to best cherry pick "articles". It's shocking that the White House fails to differentiate between hack opinion pieces and actually researched journalism. 

Case in point, the first headline:


- Josh Archambault in Forbes
"Reality check! An analysis by Forbes contributor Josh Archambault reveals surprising flaws in the CBO’s score of the Senate healthcare bill, which concludes 22 million more Americans will be without health coverage by 2026. As Archambault points out, the CBO score is based on an old, inaccurate 2016 CBO estimate of how many Americans will purchase Obamacare. If you use their January 2017 update, Republican legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare would result in only 2 million fewer on the individual market by 2026, and would actually result in no losses and even some gains in enrollment in the years preceding, Archambault estimates."
Forbes Magazine is a real publication that writes real news. Josh Archambault does not work for Forbes magazine; Archamault is employed by The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA). While Trump invokes Forbe's name to give the article a facade of credibility, opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their ownFGA is a Koch backed, right-wing advocacy group based in Naples, Florida. It is run by former Maine legislator Tarren Bragdon. It is a member of the State Policy Network (SPN), a web of state pressure groups that denote themselves as "think tanks" and drive a right-wing agenda in statehouses nationwide. Source.  
A study funded and written by the organization contributed to Florida Governor Rick Scott's defense of his controversial welfare drug-testing law, requiring benefit recipients to take a drug test as a qualification for benefits. The law came under fire from the ACLU and other groups, and a Bush-appointed federal judge threw out the Foundation's study as evidence, claiming it was "not competent expert opinion" and that "even a cursory review of certain assumptions in the pamphlet undermines its conclusions."Source
With all the resources of the federal government, the best support the White House has is the opinion of Koch brother backed think tank, which fails to divine how taking a trillion dollars out of healthcare to give to America's 400 wealthiest families won't negatively effect the majority. 

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