Sunday, September 4, 2011

Young Man Dies of Infection, ABC News Blames...

Here's the ABC News Headline:

Man Dies From Toothache, Couldn't Afford Meds

ABC's Alternate Headline:

Without Insurance, 24-year-old Dies of Toothache

Unfortunately, I'm not kidding.

First paragraph of the report:
A 24-year-old Cincinnati father died from a tooth infection this week because he couldn't afford his medication, offering a sobering reminder of the importance of oral health and the number of people without access to dental or health care.
This is a sad reflection on "professional" journalism.

Facts missing from ABC's report:
  • The man's uncle is a rich and famous musician (Bootsy Collins)
  • The medication he "couldn't afford" cost $27
  • Free dental care is available in Cincinnati

The man's wealthy aunt is "devastated":
Collins said she intends to write to President Obama and Congress to tell them what happened to Willis.

“We have got to make a difference with our health care,” she said. “With people losing their jobs, they’re having to make serious choices – do I eat, or do I get my medicine? It’s crazy. And this is America.”
How about these headlines?
  • Young Man Dies, Leaves Daughter Fatherless After Foolish Decision to Forgo Cheap Medical Treatment
  • 18 Months After Obama Health Care Bill Becomes Law, Stupid People Are Still Dying
  • Man With Rich and Famous Uncle Flouts Doctors' Orders, Pays Ultimate Price
  • Tragic Stupidity Offers Opportunity for Activist Journalism

Peggy Joseph, are you paying attention?

No comments: