Media Mashup: June 25, 2015

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THE MEDIA: GATEKEEPERS OR GUARD DOGS?

Remember how a guy from MIT called us all stupid when he was pushing Obamacare?

You may also remember how the Obama White House said it knew nothing of this rogue.

Well, it turns out that was a lie, but you wouldn’t know it from reading much of the media.

Fortunately, the Wall Street Journal revealed the news about the House Oversight Committee getting about 20,000 emails about professor Jonathan Gruber. The key points were that Gruber was deeply involved in crafting the health care law, he worked very closely with the White House, and, when he became a political liability, the president and his senior aides simply lied about it. For more details, see http://bit.ly/1IxpBU5

EGYPTIAN JOURNALISTS FACE MAJOR THREATS

Journalists face unprecedented threats with the highest number behind bars since 1990.

In a report about the incarceration of 18 Egyptians, the Committee to Protect Journalists said most were accused of affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood. For more details, see http://bit.ly/1RyFcaV

LIBEL IN THE OPERATING ROOM

During surgery, a Virginia anesthesiologist badmouthed a patient, who successfully sued for $500,000 in a defamation case.

The patient accidentally recorded the trash talk on his smartphone. You can read more and hear the recording at  http://wapo.st/1deNYgp

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