Last day of the year, and it's clean-up time. Can't go into a new year all messy and disorganized, can we?
I can't, but the entire MSM, including Fox News certainly can.....
I'm listening to Fox News about 1019 PST or so (today), and they're covering the story of Rush Limbaugh, who is hospitalized in Hawaii after complaining of chest pains while there on vacation. The reporter noted that President Obama and Speaker Pelosi are also vacationing in Hawaii. So far, so good.
Next, the reporter, who must have been told that he has lots of time to blather, proceeds to detail Limbaugh's medical history. There are NO words with this history denoting it was released by either Limbaugh OR the hospital. Last on this history, most of it probably already in the public domain, is Limbaugh's problem with painkiller drug addiction, and THAT leads to a segue...
...right into a HUGE HIPAA violation. The substance of conversation between Limbaugh and his responding paramedic is then reported. That conversation could only have been detailed by Limbaugh or a paramedic attending him as a patient.
Well, boys and girls, a paramedic is a medical provider, and EVERYTHING you tell your medical providers is privileged under HIPAA, as well as the operating rules for every paramedic outfit I've ever come in contact with. NONE of it is releasable to the MSM without ALL parties involved agreeing to release. I seriously doubt that Rush, who has spent a lot of money keeping this issue of his drug addiction out of the public eye, would have consented to let the MSM detail his current medical history on my TeeVee. The Fire & Rescue outfit (the Chief) would also have to sign off, as would any hospital they were hauling Rush to. It's just not probable that this information was authorized to be released.
If I were Rush, I would duke a call to his privacy specialist attorney in Miami, and have that barrister retain one in Hawaii, and sue the pants off of EVERYONE who handled that information in complete disregard of Rush Limbaugh's privacy rights.
But, I'm here to tell you not to hold your breath that Rush will ever get any redress. The MSM can't EVER talk about what's on President Obama's birth certificate(s) because Obama has privacy rights, and those rights are upheld TO THE LETTER. They sure can use illegal information to try to smear a popular RIGHT WING talk-show host, though.
At the end of the decade, I dutifully report that the press' double standard is firmly in place.
Glad we cleaned up THAT little matter, aren't you?
Permission to party and feast, granted.
Oregon's running attack WILL pound the Enormous State University Ohio State University's wannabe-again "dynasty" football team back into the Stone Age in tomorrow's Rose Bowl. Tank McNamara ain't blocking for you ESU boyz now, so prepare to eat a few dirt sandwiches.
Party in six hours, forty-five minutes and counting...