June 18th, 2009
12:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Republicans raising cash to counter-program ABC Obama special

Steele is raising money to counter-program ABC.
Steele is raising money to counter-program ABC.

(CNN) - National Republicans - miffed over ABC News' decision to broadcast a primetime special next featuring President Obama making the case for his healthcare proposal - are looking to raise $100,000 to hit the airwaves with their own health care reform proposal.

"ABC News will be promoting Obamacare at virtually every opportunity, from 'Good Morning America' to 'Nightline,' and reach from ABC News' Web sites all the way to the White House's East Room," Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele writes in an e-mail titled "URGENT" to supporters Thursday.

"Please help us raise the nearly $100,000 we need to buy air time to get the truth about the disastrous consequences of the Obama Democrats' government-run health care plans out to the American people," he adds.

The letter comes a day after the RNC sent a memo to GOP members of Congress urging them to take to the local airwaves next week to discuss the party's approach to health care reform.

The RNC told congressional offices Wednesday that it will pay for and help schedule the interviews with local television reporters in their states and districts.


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  1. FLP

    Until the media wakes up and realizes what a mess Obama is making there is no hope. Funny to see Obama whining his eyes out because FOX news is the only station to report the TRUTH about him and they're not in the tank with him. Poor boy can't handle the truth. Obama thinks all stations should glorify the pork being shoved down our throats!! Let the FOX bashing begin. Open minded people watch both CNN and FOX to get both sides to every story. Total morons watch MSNBC for total biased brain washing!!

    June 18, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Paul from Phoenix

    The opposing party should ALWAYS be given time to respond. I don't care if it is D or R next to the President's name. This is blatant favortism, and it is wrong. It is wrong if Fox does it for GOP, and it is wrong for ABC to do it for Obama.

    June 18, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Tom

    I was tired of Bush, but Obama is making people scary.
    He is moving toward socialism. You people wanted change,
    but not this kinda change.

    June 18, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Harley

    YES they should !!!! Why should ABC carry the banner for OBAMA ? It's just one sided !!! But I know he likes to be worshiped. ( The Socialist )

    June 18, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. lxm

    Thankyou FOX news for reporting the truth... Unlike CNN ... Obama is starting to finally realizing that true AMERICANS are sick of his LIES< SPENDING>>TALKING>>>TALKING>>> that is the only ting he is able to do... Let's see if cnn posts this... talk about a BIAS NEWS STATION!!!!

    June 18, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. ThinkAboutIt

    In an email blast today, Michael Steele and the RNC once again try to use scare tactics to get their "base" to contribute money to their obstructionist cause. No alternative ideas, just fear-mongering.

    To everyone out there who thinks the "media" is giving the Obama Administration "favorable" coverage, all I can say is, perhaps the reason why the coverage is favorable is because the Obama Administration's ideas are CORRECT!

    Look at the "media" Steele and the GOP rail against: Reasonable, intelligent folks, who actually use logic when presenting their arguments.

    Look at the GOP's talking heads/rightwing "media" (Limbaugh, Coulter, Hannity, Beck, O'Reilly etc.): Hate- and fear-mongers, playing on people's emotions, dispensing with facts, using intimidation and ridicule. Their arguments don't hold water because they don't stand up to logic.

    How you gonna believe?

    June 18, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Linda

    The bedwetting, crybaby, Reslugs are really coming unhinged and desperate. It's comical.

    June 18, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. pat c

    PLEEEESE,open minded people would never listen to such hate filled bull that flows from the mouths of such morans as hannity and glen becks. please do not catagorize intelliegent people with the likes of such bigots on this blog.

    June 18, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    GOPerstein says, "Tax dollars to infrastructure bad, after-tax dollars to political campaigning good..."

    And they wonder why we almost chased them out of power with pitchforks and torches.

    June 18, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    I think that Obama should use some of his corporate donations (opensecrets.org list) to pay for this ABC infomercial.

    June 18, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. NS

    Ha. FLP. You have NO Idea what you're talking about. It is obvious that our current healthcare system is all about PROFIT, and does not help a vast majority of those in this country. It is time the government step in and make healthcare available to every citizen. And I would compare FOX to MSNBC not CNN. CNN is probably the most unbiased news coverage. FOX is right-wing and MSNBC is left wing.

    June 18, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. Lou from CT

    And you know what – that's the beauty of the media in this country – both sides can purchase air time and put out their views.

    And Mr. Steele, unless you can prove that ABC is in cahoots with the Obama administration about the health care proposal:

    Don't go away mad – just go away.

    June 18, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. Esco

    Wow.. you've got to be joking me. Not only are they asking for $100,000, but they have their own health care reform? Didn't you agree to work with the president to help get this country back on its feet? Oh well, i guess i'll just have wait and hear what they say...

    The Obama hatred continues...

    Republicans = FAILED

    June 18, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    To: FLP June 18th, 2009 12:25 pm ET

    Yo man I'm a loyal MSNBC follower and I'll challenge ya to a duel of intelligence but your obviously unarmed...keep watchin faux news buddy!

    June 18, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. BJ

    FLP @ 12:25 pm ET

    You are delusional

    June 18, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. ThinkAboutIt

    To FLP: I dare you to take any story you've heard on Fox and fact-check it. Don't watch their snippits of video; find the whole thing and notice how they edit to support their arguments. Don't just read the single quote they throw up on the screen; find and read the whole speech, paper, whatever and see if what Fox is reporting really is the truth.

    And one last dare: Compare the behavior of O'Reilly, Coulter, Beck and others to how your mother raised you. Did she tell you to ridicule others you disagreed with, call them names, whine when you didn't get your way, and in general act like a baby?

    June 18, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. Steve

    FLP – LOL!!! And the Republicans have done such a WONDERFUL job on health care? You don't even know what Obama is proposing and you're already bashing him. Open minded? You're obviously not talking about FOX – or yourself. Another case of the pot calling the kettle black.

    June 18, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. The Unshrub

    FLP, you are an idiot....

    June 18, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. Once You Vote Black: Mute Newt

    Thats not FLP, Obama was just responding to the question. He did not grip about Fox, he told it like it is. Fox is the one crying because Obama pointed out the truth. I thought Hanity was going to blow a gasget on tv over this.

    June 18, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. DougDC

    The GOP has an approach to healthcare reform? hahahahaha That's a good one. Thanks for the laugh, guys.

    June 18, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. Too True For You

    Kind of a bummer for you republicans now that you can't manufacture your propaganda and disguies it as fake news stories to plant on the networks, huh? Now you have to pay for it and can't trick us into thinking there is some rationality to your points of view.

    At least Obama is going above board (a concept republicans cannot seem fathom – it MUST be a trick!) and openly trying to explain his position to the American public. Bush/Cheney would have just deceived us like they did countless times and commissioned some propaganda and released it under cover as a real news report to news organizations.

    June 18, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. Charlene

    Totally agree with you, FLP. Looks like Obama doesn't want to have freedom of speech from Fox. How come all the other media treat Palin unfairly?

    June 18, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. Randy

    You Republicans, You are Proving Yourselves to be Bunch of Idiots, Lunatics and Ass Holes.
    Now you Guys want to spend Money to oppose Obama. At the First Place if you Guys would have spent money at the right place in the last 8 years, this precarious problem would not have arisen.
    You guys are wasting your time and money. Think something constructive. Work with Obama as a team to solve the problem.
    Actually, you guys should not be even speaking, because you had enough opportunity to speak in the last 8 years. Now just Shut Up.

    June 18, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    So-called Fox News deserves the nickname "Cluster Fox".

    It is unfortunate that they are allowed to use the word news, when it is just talking points of the election losers of 2006 and 2008.

    I'll take MSNBC anytime over Faux Noise.

    June 18, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    why not help the president

    but the party of NO is dumb real dumb
    Steele just doesn't get it . and America is ready for CHANGE

    we voted and CHANGE is what we want ,so the republicans will be swept away and a new day will begin

    June 18, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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