GJ protest today aimed at ABC

Conservatives blast network for giving Obama airtime without opposition

Protesters plan to rally at the Grand Junction ABC television affiliate at noon today to criticize the network for providing airtime to President Barack Obama to discuss his proposal for universal health care.

The protest organized by the Western Slope Conservative Alliance will rally at KJCT at 8 Foresight Circle.

“Many citizens are expected to be there to express their outrage at the Democrat Party’s efforts to radically change the best health-care system in the world,” spokesman Dennis White said. “President Obama’s plan represents a huge, destructive and irreversible step into socialized medicine.”

The rally is a protest of the ABC network, not of KJCT, organizers said.

“We’re going to carry the program,” KJCT General Manager Kristy Santiago said.

Of the planned protest, “It’s their right as Americans,” Santiago said.

The Republican National Committee criticized ABC’s planned, day-long series of stories about health-care issues topped by a “Prescription for America” discussion in the White House with President Obama.

Republican National Committee Chief of Staff Ken McKay wrote to ABC that he was concerned the event would “become a glorified infomercial to promote the Democrat agenda.”

The event should be underwritten by the Democratic National Committee if the Republican Party isn’t included in the event, McKay said.

ABC will have “complete editorial control” over the broadcasts, the company said and promised, “No one watching, listening to, or reading ABC News will lack for an understanding of all sides of these important questions.”


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