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Oh! The Drama! Soap Opera Treats HPV... the Wrong Way

Written by Martha Kempner for RHRealityCheck.org. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post. About a week ago, driving my husband to a doctor’s appointment, I began dreading my time in the waiting room. This doctor often keeps us waiting and the last time we were there, Fox TV was blaring right-wing propaganda from the flat-screen in the corner.  It was during the Gulf oil spill and the talking heads were somehow managing to twist events to blame those who wanted new more efficient energy sources. When they turned to Michael Brown, the former head of FEMA who botched the Katrina recovery so badly, for his expert opinion, I found myself screaming at the TV.  So, I was relieved when this time the receptionists had chosen to force us to watch All My Children instead.  I haven’t watched a real soap opera in over a decade, but I grew up on General Hospitaland As the World Turns and would take their silly melodrama over Fox’s asinine analysis any day.  And yet, 20 minutes later, I found myself yelling at that same flat-screen in the corner. Continue reading...