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Fri Nov 10, 2017, 05:55 PM

What Corporate Media Failed to Learn About Canadian Single-Payer

OVEMBER 10, 2017

Media responded to Bernie Sanders’ hospital tour of Canada with predictable dismissiveness

by Michael Corcoran

When it was announced that several journalists would travel with Sen. Bernie Sanders in October for a hospital tour of Canada to learn about its single-payer system, one question immediately sprang to mind: What would corporate media do to smear universal healthcare this time?

It is a sad reflection on the state of healthcare reporting in the United States that one can so easily predict how many media outlets will respond to a news event before it even happens. Yet for many familiar with years of media either ignoring or rejecting the merits of a universal public healthcare system—Canada’s in particular—it was hard not to expect dismissiveness and/or mockery from outlets such as the New York Times and Vox, who sent reporters on the tour.

The results were unsurprising. Vox (10/31/17) used the occasion to explain why single-payer is likely a pipe dream that doesn’t fit with American values. Much of the Times article (11/2/17) read like satire aimed at mocking Canada and Sanders.

New York Times: What Did Bernie Sanders Learn in His Weekend in Canada?
New York Times (11/2/17)
A New York Times ad circulating on Facebook proudly declares: “Evidence-driven reporting. No matter what the subject.” It’s a hollow boast to those familiar with the paper’s uniformly negative coverage of single-payer, and Margot Sanger-Katz’s write-up of Sanders’ tour is a glaring example.


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Fri Nov 10, 2017, 06:43 PM

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Ad revenue from big Pharma.

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