When is the corporate media here going to hold U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn accountable for his crass, theatrical politics that embarrass the state?
Coburn’s latest drama revolves around the recently passed health care bill. Coburn, a Republican, tried to amend the bill to supposedly keep convicted sex offenders from using federal money to get erectile dysfunction drugs. The federal government has already ordered the drugs not be made available to sex offenders through Medicaid. It’s a non-issue. Coburn proposed the amendment, which failed, only to score political points against Democrats. It had nothing to do with actually improving the bill.
Let’s be clear: Here’s a United States Senator playing silly, juvenile games with important, far-reaching legislation, and the corporate “Serious” media here not only condones his antics but gives them wide, appreciative coverage.
Why don’t media outlets here make Coburn put aside the stunts when it comes to health care reform and make him engage in a decent discussion about his opposition to the bill? Instead, we get Coburn’s references to “liberty” and “Viagra.” What nonsense. Perhaps, the reason Coburn won’t engage in a rational discussion about the issue is because he has no rational arguments opposing health care reform.
Unfortunately, it’s exactly Coburn’s type of overstatement (He called the bill “the greatest assault on liberty this country has ever had…”) that has obviously led to threats against Democratic congressional members. The media here, especially The Oklahoman, is complicit as well by giving Coburn’s exaggerations and distortions serious coverage and editorial support.
There are diverse views over the recently passed health care reform bill, and these views should be debated, but sweeping Republican generalizations about the loss of liberty and freedom and silly political amendments only fuel all the misdirected anger over the health care bill. This misdirected anger has now morphed into threats of violence. What’s next?