Friday, March 30, 2012

NV-04: "Newspaper" Again Breathlessly Copies from Republican Press Releases

Just when I thought I could tolerate the local "newspaper" down here, it goes for yet another "story" ripped directly from Republican Party talking points! This time, the "newspaper" attacks Steven Horsford for some financial woes he experienced over a decade ago, when he was in his 20s and struggling to raise two siblings. Oh yes, and he had to dig himself out of a deep and ugly financial hole as the result of being injured in a car accident while he was attending UNR!

"Oh, there goes that evil Steven Horsford again! He's so dastardly, he plays by his own rules! He couldn't even pay his bills after he got injured in a car crash in Reno! OOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Here's what I have for both the "newspaper" and the G-O-TEA morons in Washington, DC, who fed them this "story":


Seriously, do the "newspaper" and Nevada Republicans really think this will sink Steven Horsford? Here's a news flash for them: He's not the only Nevadan who's gone underwater financially while trying to provide for the family. And he's not the only Nevadan who's gone underwater financially because of a medical emergency.

By the way, this is why we now have the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Act was passed to prevent tragedies like the one Steven Horsford had experienced.

This is why we saw Nevadans pop up on the steps of the federal building in Las Vegas and Reno last Thursday. And this is why Americans across the country want to see the ACA stay in place. We need health care. And we shouldn't be bankrupted in seeking the care we need.

This is the painful tragedy that Steven Horsford had to live first-hand. And for the "newspaper" and Nevada Republicans to attack him on it is downright shameful. And if they get their way in demanding "judicial activism" in the form of overturning the ACA, expect more stories like Horsford's to surface.

But anyway, getting back to the shoddy journalism at the local "newspaper", couldn't they realize that Steven Horsford's health care related financial woes were not all that uncommon here in Nevada? And didn't they think that reposting this NRCC/Nevada GOP attack verbatim would again call into question whether they really want to be a real "newspaper"? What a #FAIL.

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