Smearing Children

There was more wingnuttery in the blogosphere on Monday as Malkin’s Screechers set to knocking on doors to pursue smearing a 12-year old Maryland boy named Graeme Frost, who delivered the Democratic radio address two weeks ago.  Think Progress reports:  

Graeme told his story of being involved in a severe car accident three years ago, and having received access to medical care because of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. He said:

If it weren’t for CHIP, I might not be here today. … We got the help we needed because we had health insurance for us through the CHIP program. But there are millions of kids out there who don’t have CHIP, and they wouldn’t get the care that my sister and I did if they got hurt. … I just hope the President will listen to my story and help other kids to be as lucky as me.

The right-wing immediately condemned Democrats for daring to put a human face on the SCHIP program at a time when Bush was proposing a “diminishment of the number of children covered.” Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) — who has posed with children to advance his own political agenda — claimed Graeme was being used “as a human shield.”

Good gracious… there is no end to the smearing from the wingnuts

The smear attack against Graeme has taken firm hold in the right-wing blogosphere. The National Review, Michelle Malkin, Wizbang, Powerline, and the Weekly Standard blog have all launched assaults on the Frost family. The story is slowly working its way into traditional media outlets as well.

Think Progress has the truth — the real facts, about Graeme and his family:

1) Graeme has a scholarship to a private school. The school costs $15K a year, but the family only pays $500 a year.

2) His sister Gemma attends another private school to help her with the brain injuries that occurred due to her accident. The school costs $23,000 a year, but the state pays the entire cost.

3) They bought their “lavish house” sixteen years ago for $55,000 at a time when the neighborhood was less than safe.

4) Last year, the Frost’s made $45,000 combined. Over the past few years they have made no more than $50,000 combined.

5) The state of Maryland has found them eligible to participate in the CHIP program.

Thers on Whiskey Fire has “A word for all the wingnut “Citizen Journalists”: you’re no such thing. You’re just crazy assholes.”

Get all the buzz on the latest wingnut swift boat job on Memeorandum. Apparently, smearing and swift boating isn’t just for veterans anymore… it’s for kids now too!

Vile and disgusting.

No shame from these crazy fools — no shame at all.

Enough Is Enough.

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  2. Darrell Prows says:

    If his dad got killed in Iraq, Bush would put the family in the chamber for the State of the Union address in a heart beat.

    Because the existence access to medial care has got this family on it’s feet at this time that is supposed to be a bad thing. Or is it only anyone who would use such a prgram that is bad?

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