The other two networks focused on single aspects of the State of the Union. ABC's Lisa Stark (subscription required) examined Bush's plan to change healthcare tax deductions to encourage uninsured workers to purchase their own coverage. The plan is predicted to add up to 5m to the rolls of the insured but leave 40m still uncovered. ABC's Timothy Johnson (no link) was skeptical: it diverts attention away from "the terrible waste and inefficiency in our health insurance system;" it is "tinkering with taxes rather than reforming healthcare."
CBS concentrated on what the President did not say. Armen Keteyian visited a trailer park for New Orleans evacuees on a crime-ridden, mud-soaked lot near Baton Rouge. He described one State of the Union viewer's "rage rising" as his plight was ignored. "I almost broke my TV, knocked it off the stand." Keteyian counted 5,596 of the President's words, "not a single one was either Katrina or Louisiana."
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