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Each week, LA Progressive’s editors pick what they regard as a particularly insightful comment from one of our readers, both to draw attention to one particular reader’s thoughts and to encourage more readers to weigh in with their opinions. This week’s pithy "Feedback Friday" response comes from Joseph Maizlish who commented on the article by Jeff Cohen, "When CNN Introduces Bernie-Bashers Only as “Former,” CNN Is Lying to You."

CNN Introduces Bernie-Bashers

Perhaps as bad as the selective identification of guests is the loaded lexicon used by media reporters/commentators themselves.

What impressed me most was the vocabulary: Eliason called Medicare for All “Mandatory Medicare for All” a couple of times in her six or eight minutes

Sat. Feb. 8 NPR ran a segment in which Maria Eliason reported on how the candidates for the Dem. nomination for President were doing. Of course the casting doubts on Sanders’ situation, some sensible points but ONLY negative ones.

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But what impressed me most was the vocabulary: Eliason called Medicare for All “Mandatory Medicare for All” a couple of times in her six or eight minutes, once saying “Mandatory Medicare for All and taxing everyone to pay for it.” Well, taxing everyone but hardly equally, and canceling everyone’s need to pay the current “tax” constituted by insurance premiums. But no balance, no benefits described, just the burdens mentioned, and exaggerated.

Ought our donations to NPR be regarded as non-deductible campaign donations?