It is amazing just how much governmental and constitutional illiteracy permeates the "news" media these days.
Consider a recent headline in Newsmax.com, an online news outfit which claims to be “Independent. American.” (I can almost hear the chest-beating.)
Newsmax reported on the recent U.S House vote to cut funds to Obamacare and extend the debt-ceiling a few more weeks. The measure must not go to the Senate. However all the open-mouth breathers, and headline-only readers, saw was the erroneous headline:
"House Defunds Obamacare, Keeps Government Open"
A fundamental understanding of the U.S. Constitution reveals that this is impossible. The House does not have the authority to act unilaterally in this manner.
Obamacare, like it or hate it, is the law of the land. It takes a bill to alter it. Under the U.S. Constitution I live by, a bill does not become law until passed by the House, the Senate, and signed by the president.
However, recent polls show that a significant number of Americans actually think Obamacare has been repealed. That is why the U.S. House keeps voting over and over to repeal the law, like that neurotic dog next door engaging in repetitive behavior such as chasing its tail
Or is this illiterate headline deliberate? Designed to confuse and obfuscate? Making Newsmax a willing co-conspirator with the massive anti-Obamacare campaign underway in the nation?
It is too bad. Newsmax was founded by Chris Ruddy, a conservative journalist who does have a bit of professional street cred.
If the former is the case, and the headline writer is simply a stupid sod, then we are dealing with sheer Newsmax incompetency.
If the latter is the case, and Newsmax is deliberately spreading false information through sketchy headlines, the implication is far more sinister.
There is only one thing worse that government controlled media, and that is ideologically controlled media passing itself off as a credible news source.
Richard J. Schneider is an author, journalist, and long-time student of government. His latest mystery novel infuses a sensational murder with local water politics in Colorado. WATER: A Vic Bengston Investigation is available in eBook and paper from Amazon and elsewhere.