Guest blogged by Ernest A. Canning: It's bad enough that CNN surrendered what little credibility it had as a "news" organization by adopting the name and sponsorship of a mega-billionaire Koch Brothers' funded and controlled, pseudo-grass-roots organization to partner with on Monday's GOP Presidential debate in California.
Now, in the midst of this Los Angeles Times front-page headline, U.S. poverty totals hit a 50-year high, comes the loud “yes” (several, actually) from the audience at the CNN 'Tea Party' debate, applauding the prospect of simply letting those who can’t afford healthcare insurance die...
You'll recall then Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL)'s controversial charge during the 2010 health care debate was that the GOP's plan was little more than "Don’t get sick…And if you do, die quickly." He faced extraordinary heat from Republicans (and their friends in the media) on that point at the time, but, as he noted after Monday's debate, his criticism of the GOP seems to have been on the mark.
Here's Grayson with Keith Olbermann the other night:
Grayson: "What you saw tonight," he told Huffington Post who'd ask for his thoughts, "is something much more sinister than not having a healthcare plan. It's sadism, pure and simple. It's the same impulse that led people in the Coliseum to cheer when the lions ate the Christians. And that seems to be where we are heading."