NY Times “Frosty” On Conservative Blogs
Update: Michelle Malkin, quoted in the piece, responds here.
The New York Times has decided to enter the Frost S-chip fiasco. I don’t believe I have seen one conservative blogger attack 12 yr-old Graeme, as the NY Times asserts. Unfortunately the Times leaves us with more questions than it answers. Two adults, four kids, neither adult working full-time. There may be good reason for that. But as it stands, there’s rental income and two adults, neither of whom has a full-time job which could provide access to affordable health care.
I appreciate Ms. Frost’s statement below about laying the facts out on the page. Unfortunately, while she and the NY Times were in a position to do just that, they opted to leave some very pertinent ones out. Too bad.
By putting forth the Frosts as spokespersons for S-chip, the Democrats introduced what amounts, in one sense, to a case study of the program. To take the position that either side can introduce real life scenarios into political debate without them being open to question resigns political debate to emotion. That might work for the Times as they construct their predominantly liberal narratives around stories, but it doesn’t work for people who want effective-limited government that encourages people to take responsibility for themselves, as opposed to always looking for the government to bail them out.
In recent days, Graeme and his family have been attacked by conservative bloggers and other critics of the Democrats’ plan to expand the insurance program, known as S-chip. They scrutinized the family’s income and assets — even alleged the counters in their kitchen to be granite — and declared that the Frosts did not seem needy enough for government benefits.
Again, from this below it appears the Frosts are a family of six with neither adult working full-time. There may indeed be a valid reason for that, but as it isn’t offered, what is it the Times would like us to assume?
The business that the critics said Mr. Frost owned was dissolved in 1999. The family’s home, in the modest Butchers Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, was bought for $55,000 in 1990 and is now worth about $260,000, according to public records. And, for the record, the Frosts say, their kitchen counters are concrete.
It seems the New York Times was content to report without getting to the bottom of the story. As taxpayers are funding the children’s health care, what is it about the family we aren’t supposed to be able to know as regards any income challenges? It’s possible there is more illness in the family, among the adults, but, again, we simply aren’t told.
Certainly the Frosts are not destitute. They also own a commercial property, valued at about $160,000, that provides rental income. Mr. Frost works intermittently in woodworking and as a welder, while Mrs. Frost has a part-time administrative job at a firm that provides services to publishers of medical journals. Her job does not provide health coverage.
Mr. and Mrs. Frost said they were bothered by the assertion that they lacked health coverage by their own choice.
“That is not true at all,” Mrs. Frost said. “Basically all these naysayers need to lay the facts out on the page, and say, ‘How could a family be able to do this?’ S-chip is a stopgap.”