Propaganda and Anonymity

May 12, 2012

Rutland Herald

Propaganda is the strong point of those who oppose changing our expensive health care mess into a single-payer system. An example is Wednesday’s letter from Jeff Wennberg, spokesman for Vermonters for Health Care Freedom. His anonymous “Freedom” group won’t say who gives it money. Wennberg defends nondisclosure as necessary “to protect the hundreds of Vermont small businesses and health care providers who support us from bullying and economic blackmail” by those who want change.

Well, how can we tell if the “Freedom” supporters really are “hundreds of small businesses and health care providers” unless this group says who they are? Wennberg’s letter is a clever attempt to make readers believe his propaganda comes from a broad-based group without giving us important information to let us independently verify what he says.

HERBERT G. OGDEN

Mount Tabor