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Why Is the Corporate Press Censoring Attempts to Discuss McCain's Health Records?

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When over 2,500 doctors come forward, urging John McCain to provide full public disclosure of his medical records, it warrants national discussion.  McCain severely limited access to his medical records back in May (20 reporters had only 3 hours to review 1,173 pages without any cameras, cell phones, or photocopying), giving rise to serious doubts about his already questionable health history.  His secrecy and evasiveness were eerily reminiscent of the egregious dishonesty and manipulation of information we've seen from the Bush administration for the past eight years. 

That's why Brave New PAC followed up on Brave New Films' initial video about McCain's health records by creating its own ad featuring two of the 2,500 doctors; they wanted to alert the public to the concerns of these medical experts and stress the importance of this issue.  But so far, the possibility of having a frank discussion about McCain's health records has been hampered by attacks from the right and corporate media censorship.

Soon after Brave New PAC and Democracy for America launched their ad, the right countered by unleashing attack hounds like Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh.  These are two of the most contemptible, bloviating shock jocks on the air.  They have attacked Barack Obama with lies and hate and bigotry, not to mention the other liberals they have slandered in the past, and their smears have spread like a virus to other mainstream outlets, warping public opinion.  And yet they have the gall to go after Brave New PAC and Democracy for America with a holier-than-thou attitude!

ZP Heller is the editorial director of Brave New Films. He has written for The American Prospect, AlterNet, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Huffington Post, covering everything from politics to pop culture.