This week's Mainstream Media Scream features MSNBC's Krystal Ball on "The Cycle" last week suggesting that conservatives would rather have people die to “score political points” against Obamacare.
Ball: “The GOP is saying to young people, ‘We would like to have the government stick an unnecessary transvaginal probe in you if you want an abortion, but when it comes to health insurance, don’t take any government help. Don’t go to the state or federal government-operated insurance exchanges to buy private insurance. Stay away. Stay uninsured.
“Skip that pap smear. Skip that tetanus shot. Skip that prenatal care. Skip that cholesterol test. And if you die an agonizing and unnecessary death, one that could have been prevented by the health insurance reform that bears the president’s name, at least you know your death will have not been in vain. You will have died to serve the noble and patriotic cause not of conservatism, but of hurting this president and denying him a victory. ... They would sacrifice the lives of young people if it helped them score political points. That is not conservative. It is a national disgrace.”
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “Wow. Ball charges those opposed to Obamacare are sacrificing lives to advance a political agenda and yet it is MSNBC hosts who condemn Tea Party conservatives as extremists. MSNBC is lowering the level of political discourse with such over-the-top extremist polemics.”
Rating: Five out of five screams.Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.