The Columbus Dispatch demonstrates, with every editorial it publishes, why it’s neither credible nor objective, but instead a “news source” in the same category as the Drudge Report, Breitbart or even the Fox News Channel, America’s preeminent, right-slanted news network.

The paper’s laughable and pathetic editorial last Saturday shows how it intentionally misrepresents and misleads its readers about the benefits of Affordable Care Act (AKA: Obamacare), and its Sunday editorial touting the benefits of Kasich’s expansion of Medicaid completely fails to mention that the expansion was only possible because of Obamacare.

What the Dispatch could have reported, but didn’t, are some very real facts on the very positive impacts of the ACA so far.   Instead they continued to ignore the reality that the ACA is a giant step forward from where we were, with for-profit companies playing God with people’s lives and checkbooks. For decades Americans have been forced to suffer nonsensical and unjustified premium increases at the hands of an industry focused on shareholder value, not the value of ordinary people who get sick and need help to become healthy again and fear falling into bankruptcy, an economic calamity only Americans are forced to face.

Even worse, they are two-faced on the subject when it suites them, so as to not implicate they pal Kasich.

In its Sunday editorial, the Dispatch urged new House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, a very conservative Republican, to get on-board with Gov. Kasich’s expansion of Medicaid.  “Thanks to the first year of Medicaid expansion, more than 450,000 uninsured Ohioans gained health insurance — many for the first time — at no cost to the state,” wrote Dispatch editors who failed to mention anywhere in the entire article that the expansion of Medicaid they are touting is only possible because of Obamacare.

Continuing, it said, “But the future of the program isn’t assured, because conservatives in Kasich’s own party oppose it on ideological grounds, seemingly heedless of its clear benefit to the state.” Conservatives opposed to it on ideological grounds include Gov. Kasich, who himself proposed a health plan as a Congressman that, curiously and ironically, included an individual mandate, but the Dispatch failed to mention that. It also makes no mention that states like Ohio are benefiting 100 percent for three years because the program is federally funded, a point that on any regular day irritates Dispatch overlords to no end, and plays into Gov. Kasich’s selfish philosophy that dependency on government is very bad.

The editorial then shows its true colors: “The ultimate goal should be for people to move off of Medicaid and into private health insurance.” Again, never mentioning that the whole point of Obamacare is to provide Medicaid for folks under a certain income level, and then to subsidize private health insurance through exchanges for everyone else who doesn’t have private coverage through a personal plan or an employer.

Maybe what worries the Columbus Dispatch even more is that Gallup confirms a trend line showing more Americans identify as Democrats than Republicans.

  • sufferingsuccatash

    Kasich has never missed an opportunity to funnel money into the coffers of his wealthy corporate donors and political oligarchs. It is his pattern which he covers with various exaggerated Christian mythologies of compassion and responsibility. His expansion of Medicaid, if true to past practice, will become a profit delivery system for the healthcare industry and drug companies. That is really the intended outcome of Obamacare.

  • DublinIrishBob

    I never think of The Dispatch as a news source anymore. I can’t even find local or community news in the paper. If you want OSU sports coverage, it is top notch.

    The Dispatch has a bleak future. Even though Central Ohio is growing, the circulation of The Dispatch continues to decline. The paper made a business decision to cut costs by shrinking the physical size of the newspaper, but if they can’t add subscribers in a growing market, using less paper is not going to make things better.

    The Dispatch has increased its coverage of sports while cutting back on other areas. Their on-line and digital products are sorely lacking, as anyone who tries to use the web version can tell you. Logging in is an endless task, made even harder with pop up ads hindering the simple process of clicking your ID.

    Which leads to your piece, John. I firmly believe that the editorial writers know that they are turning out crazy stuff like the conflicting Kasich puff piece that you mention, but they don’t care. They are playing to their base, which is shrinking every day. It helps them keep one of the two areas of readership that have numbers. (The other is sports.) There is no logic to support the irrational crap that they publish, week after week, that attacks anything that Obama and the Democrats propose.

    I love how people like Ben Marrison of The Dispatch state that the news reporters and the editorial writers are distinct, that one does not influence the other. But then they run pieces that ask if Obama will compromise, about Ed FitzGerald’s key card records while not saying a word about Kasich or Mary Taylor’s time keeping, and not a word about JobsOhio not releasing any audits or records.

    It is a newspaper without a plan or vision, other than to hold on to the readers that still subscribe by covering OSU sports and running editorials that support their version of the GOP even though they conflict with their anti-Democratic agenda.

  • Red Rover

    I respectfully request that progressives place “[sic]” in all mentions of the Fox News [sic] Network.

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