David Westin: I would have thought that a subject as important as the health care received by the American people would rise above this sorry spectacle. Our citizens need and deserve more. We are proud to be making a serious effort to go beyond mere punditry or stylized, bipolar debate; we are proud to work for a network and a company willing to devote valuable airtime to serious consideration of a subject so worthy.
Apparently the American viewing public doesn’t think health care is a subject worthy of wasting an evening on:
The one-hour ABC News special "Primetime: Questions for the President: Prescription for America" (4.7 million viewers, 1.1 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) had the fewest viewers in the 10 p.m. hour (against NBC's "The Philanthropist" debut and a repeat of "CSI: NY" on CBS). The special tied some 8 p.m. comedy repeats as the lowest-rated program on a major broadcast network.
So what did ABC do? From Don Surber:
After a careful analysis of his infomercial on the All Barack Channel last night, ABC’s top experts concluded that he is more awesome than he let on.
Well thank goodness ABC isn't biased!
Unfortunately, just like American’s tuned out last night’s infomercial, the Administration has tuned out the American public.