- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 25, 2009


In case you didn’t tune into The Washington Times’ nationally syndicated radio program “America’s Morning News” - heard in Washington on WTNT-AM 570 and coast-to-coast via the Talk Radio Network - here’s what just a few of Monday’s guests told co-hosts Melanie Morgan and John McCaslin:

• Former Rep. Ernest Istook, Oklahoma Republican and a distinguished fellow at the Heritage Foundation: Mr. Istook spoke of the “myths” aired at town-hall meetings on health care reform from lawmakers who say whatever it takes to soothe the concerns of Americans.

• Lee Siegel, media analyst and author: Mr. Siegel said a “smug” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs should take a page from the courtly style of the late Tony Snow, press secretary for President George W. Bush. It doesn’t matter whether the inquiring reporter is from ABC or FOX News, Mr. Gibbs sinks to the occasion, he said.

• Peter Kirsanow, board chairman of the Center for New Black Leadership and a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights: Mr. Kirsanow warned that if the federal government allocates health care expenditures on a utilitarian basis, certain groups - especially blacks and Hispanics - could be negatively affected.

• Michael Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Daily News: Mr. Goodwin said the health care debate confirms that this is not the Barack Obama Americans assumed they were electing president.

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