Earlier today, PHIMG members gathered in front of WNET-PBS TV’s 33rd street office to voice displeasure over Frontline’s Sick Around America program. Sick Around America treated mandatory for-profit insurance coverage as the only alternative to the current U.S. health care system and perpetuated the media’s longstanding pattern of ignoring proposals for single-payer health insurance.
We enjoyed a larger than expected turnout. We had signs saying: “PBS – [P]erpetuating the [B]lackout of [S]ingle Payer.”, “PBS stop taking Insurance Company and Drug Donations”, and one with the head from PBS’s logo (which is supposed to represent a member of the public) saying: “I want Single Payer Health Care Reform”. Several people wore the “Your ass is not covered” regalia and had signs reflecting that message and also “Pass HR-676”.
We chanted: “We want a real healthcare debate” and “End the Single Payer blackout.”
Because we got there so early, and because of the location of the subway, nearly every employee in the building walked past our picket and read our signs and heard our chants. About half took our fliers. We gave out over 500 in a little over an hour and a half. The Associated Press has a large office in this building so we no doubt made an impression with these folks as well.
Katie Robbins gave a flyer to none other than Bill Moyers, and thanked him for his coverage of the California Nurses on his “Bill Moyers Journal” show.
Moyers sent out a producer and cameraman to record our action. They interviewed Katie Robbins and Chris Blair. This footage might be used on the Bill Moyers Journal program.
This action was proposed, developed and executed in a little more than a week. I think all those who attended will agree that it was a smashing success!