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Media drips poison in Medicare debate
Orange County Register

One thing that we in the so-called mainstream media – those of us who still believe in striving for some semblance of fairness and objectivity – need to avoid is adopting the partisan vocabulary of left or right and treating it as neutral. On Medicare, we’re flunking that test. As is well-known, Medicare is now the federal government’s third-largest program, with spending in fiscal 2010 of $520 billion, behind only Social Security ($701 billion) and defense ($689 billion).