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Censored by ABC, Obama's Longtime Doctor Speaks Out on Healthcare


In a
just-released YouTube video, the doctor who served as President Barack
Obama's personal physician for 22 years blasts the TV networks for
failing to inform the public about the full range of healthcare reform

Dr. David Scheiner, who was invited to
participate in ABC's June 24 forum on healthcare reform but was
uninvited two days before the prime-time event, said he thinks the
question he was planning to ask the president--a question about
single-payer public health insurance--was "more troublesome" than ABC

The 50-second video, which was released today by the media watch group FAIR, is available at:

Dr. Scheiner is one of thousands of signatories of FAIR's petition
demanding that the networks include single-payer in the healthcare
debate. The signatories include Harvard medical professors Steffie
Woolhandler and David Himmelstein, Dr. Quentin Young of Physicians for
a National Health Program, Donna Smith of the California Nurses
Association, filmmaker Michael Moore, former MSNBC host Phil Donahue
and actor Mike Farrell.

FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting), the national media watch
group, has been offering well documented criticism of media bias and
censorship since 1986.

FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. We work to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints.