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NBC-NASCAR and the Romney Health Care Bill

Reading through BuzzTracker this morning a couple of stories that caught my eye. The first is from Michelle Malkin on NBC's attempt to goad NASCAR fans into attacking Muslims at races.

I spoke this afternoon with Ramsey Poston, managing director of corporate communications at NASCAR. He's on his way down to Texas for the NASCAR race this weekend, and he responded to NBC Dateline's undercover Muslim stings, which I first reported on yesterday morning.

"This is outrageous for a news organization with the reputation of NBC to stoop to the level of attempting to create news instead of reporting it. Any legitimate journalist should be ashamed."

Poston told me NASCAR contacted NBC, which confirmed they are doing the story (also reported here yesterday).
"It's hard to even call it journalism," Poston told me. I asked him why he thought NBC was targeting NASCAR fans for the racism sting. Poston vigorously defended the NASCAR fan base as "diverse, from every background in America."

Poston expressed dismay at NBC's "attempt to provoke a reaction from our fans" and said his organization was "confident they would not fall for it."

The mainstream media can't ignore NBC's news-staging anymore.

The other one was from Hugh Hewitt on the Romney health care bill just signed in Massachusetts.

The Boston Globe has a piece analyzing the politics of the Romney Health Care Plan.

It is an interesting piece that reveals, surprise; The Cato Institute and Grover don't like the fact that the plan imposes fees on employers not paying health insurance premiums for their employees.

This may or may not be an issue with some GOP primary voters, but there is a vast difference between seeking to correct the negative externalities of the uninsured upon all taxpayers via a fee that prompts insurance availability, and a broad-based tax to support Canadian style health care......
At the level of politics, the Romney Plan is a big win because it is an actual accomplishment as opposed to a promise. It is an experiment underway, as opposed to a hoped-for program innovation down the road. The Governor is trying something, not just talking about trying something.

Contrast that with the posts below that focus on the do-little-or-nothing Senate.