We live in an era of demonization.  Political adversaries are not opponents; they are villains.  Commentary that contrasts with our views is labeled”fake news.”   Presumption of innocence?  R.I.P.  Civil discourse has become a quaint memory.  Why would one debate respectfully when today’s tactic is to talk over and demean your adversary? On the morning that I prepared this post, I read […]

We live in an era of demonization.  Political adversaries are not opponents; they are villains.  Commentary that contrasts with our views is labeled”fake news.”   Presumption of innocence?  R.I.P.  Civil discourse has become a quaint memory.  Why would one debate respectfully when today’s tactic is to talk over and demean your adversary?
On the morning that I prepared this post, I read an article reporting that one of Ohio’s largest insurance companies, Anthem, is denying payment for non-emergency care provided at emergency rooms  (ERs).   In my view, this article was slanted, unfairly tilting away from the insurance company, an easy target to attack.   I think that a typical reader would conclude that the company was greedily trying to claw money away from sick customers.  An anecdote was offered describing a denial of payment for emergency care for abdominal pain that did seem improper, although there were no medical facts provided.
I felt that the journalist did not adequately present the insurance company’s motive and point of view.
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