On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Jonathan Gruber, one of the architects of ObamaCare, made more than a dozen visits to visit the White House since “Democrats began drafting the law in 2009.” Despite the latest developments in the Gruber controversy, which contradicts President Obama’s line that Gruber was “some advisor who never worked on our staff,” CBS This Morning was the only network morning show to mention the report, giving it a mere 24 seconds during its Tuesday morning broadcast. ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today ignored the Journal’s report altogether.
By Tim Graham | November 18, 2014 | 7:56 AM EST
NPR political analyst Cokie Roberts appears on Morning Edition on Mondays, and she put on her advocacy hat this week. Alarmed at Republican gains among minority voters as the Democrats were "shlonked" at the polls, Roberts insisted "The Democrats have got to do something fast on immigration to get back those votes because they're never going to get the white vote."
Latino pollster and advocate Matt Barreto said minority voters are looking for "relief" from deportations: "I think there's a huge opportunity here for the president."
By Curtis Houck | November 18, 2014 | 12:16 AM EST
During his MSNBC show All In on Monday night, Chris Hayes unleashed a nine-minute monologue in light of the Jonathan Gruber videos to defend what he saw as an assault on ObamaCare by Republicans and went as far as comparing ObamaCare’s passage to that of the Rosetta space probe that landed on a comet on November 12.
Hayes hailed what transpired in 2009 and 2010 as “a remarkable and improbable legislative success story, possible one of the greatest of our time” and “about as likely as landing a tiny rover on moving comet, hurdling through space hundreds of millions of miles away from Earth.”
By Tom Blumer | November 17, 2014 | 11:42 PM EST
The Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press — the entity which to our great misfortune is considered the de facto news source of record by the nation's establishment press — finally broke down several days ago and mentioned the name "Jonathan Gruber" in a news story.
Of course, the wire service saved Philip Elliott's story for Friday afternoon to minimize its visibility; the time stamp at the AP's national site is 4:20 p.m. ET Friday; that's only a minute later than the 3:19 p.m. CT time stamp found here at the earliest Google News entry I could find. Elliott largely made the story almost entirely about Republicans' and conservatives' reactions to what Gruber has said — as if they're the only ones who should be deeply troubled about Gruber's insulting descriptions of the American people and the fundamental dishonesty involved in drafting and passing the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, in early 2010. But he also quite dishonestly tried to claim that Gruber wasn't even an "architect" of the law (bolds and numbered tags are mine):
By Curtis Houck | November 17, 2014 | 10:06 PM EST
On Monday, ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir and NBC Nightly News continued to ignore the news surrounding videos unearthed of ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber praising “lack of transparency” as a “political advantage” and insulting voters as stupid regarding the law’s passage and contents. With tonight’s omissions, the blackout of coverage on Gruber from these two programs now stands at ten days.
Thus far, ABC has only mentioned Gruber once since the first video surfaced on November 7 and it was saved for its Sunday morning political talk show This Week with George Stephanopoulos. When it comes to NBC’s total number of mentions, they have only been able to muster two total mentions of Gruber with one on its Sunday morning talk show Meet the Press and another on Monday morning’s Today.
Aggrieved Liberal NYT Columnists Dismiss 'Naked Power Grab by Conservative Justices' Against ObamaCare, Ignore GruberBy Clay Waters | November 17, 2014 | 9:38 PM EST
The Supreme Court's recent surprise decision to take up King v. Burwell, a challenge to the Affordable Care Act, sent former New York Times Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse on another aggrieved liberal rant against the conservative-dominated Court. Greenhouse failed to mention Obama-care architect Jonathan Gruber's inconvenient gaffes in several clips boasting about the deceitful selling of the program and crediting the "stupidity of the American voter" for its successful passage
By Ken Shepherd | November 17, 2014 | 8:58 PM EST
On the November 17 edition of Hardball, MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews and MSNBC contributors Howard Fineman and Eugene Robinson offered some criticism, albeit pretty mild, of President Obama's veto threat for a bill which would greenlight the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
By Brent Baker | November 17, 2014 | 7:59 PM EST
National Review’s Jonah Goldberg went on a tear on Monday’s Special Report with Bret Baier, connecting the circles of lies by the White House and Jonathan Gruber that had impact thanks to liberal journalists. Goldberg charged that, in the lead up to the ObamaCare vote, Gruber was “being touted around through a transmission belt of liberal journalists, who all are all pretending to be objective analysts too, quoting each other, reaffirming each other...”
By Matthew Balan | November 17, 2014 | 6:42 PM EST
On Sunday's 60 Minutes, CBS's Norah O'Donnell hounded Cardinal O'Malley on the Catholic Church's teaching on priestly ordination, and wondered, "Does the exclusion of women seem at all immoral?" She also hyped that "some women feel like they're second-class Catholics." The journalist also underlined that the "conservative" Boston archbishop is a "hardliner on Catholic doctrine. Like Pope Francis, he upholds traditional positions on abortion, gay marriage, birth control, and women's ordination."
By Scott Whitlock | November 17, 2014 | 5:02 PM EST
According to a MSNBC host, the racist outbursts of the character Archie Bunker can be felt in opposition to the President's amnesty plan. Ninety two year-old producer Norman Lear appeared on Monday's edition of The Cycle and journalist Blake Zeff sneered, "I think Archie Bunker still resonates today because you still have people in America who think the way Archie did."
By Kyle Drennen | November 17, 2014 | 4:52 PM EST
Appearing on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports on Monday, Molly Ball of The Atlantic argued that the reason ObamaCare critics were seizing on the comments from Jonathan Gruber was because things were going so well for the law: "...part of the reason this controversy has become such a focal point is that there isn't a lot of other bad news about ObamaCare. The website is operating....The people who have care are pretty happy with it. Most Republicans, even the leadership, admit that they're not going to do a wholesale repeal."
By NB Staff | November 17, 2014 | 3:27 PM EST
MRC's Rich Noyes appeared on Fox Business' Varney & Co. to discuss the media's lack of coverage of Jonathan Gruber mocking the stupidity of the American public as being influential to getting ObamaCare passed.
By Matthew Balan | November 17, 2014 | 2:45 PM EST
CBS and NBC's morning and evening newscasts on Saturday and Sunday ignored Pope Francis's condemnation of abortion and euthanasia during a Saturday meeting with Catholic doctors in Italy. Their omission is glaring when compared to their hype over a supposed "seismic shift towards gays and divorcees" in a proposed document from a bishops' meeting. Surprisingly, ABC's fluff-filled Good Morning America devoted nine seconds to the pontiff's speech, but only mentioned his targeting of euthanasia.
By Katie Yoder | November 17, 2014 | 1:22 PM EST
TIME might not challenge today’s “feminism,” but reason will.
In a Nov. 12 piece announcing TIME’s “fourth annual word banishment poll,” correspondent Katy Steinmetz asked, “Which Word Should Be Banned in 2015?” When the poll suggested the word “feminism,” the media vehemently (and ironically) reacted. Three days later, TIME caved.
MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart: GOP’s ‘Got To Be Very Careful’ Responding to Obama’s Immigration Executive ActionBy Jeffrey Meyer | November 17, 2014 | 12:30 PM EST
On Monday, November 17, Jose Diaz-Balart officially took over the hosting duties on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown, replacing Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd, and now anchors two hours of MSNBC’s morning programming. The MSNBC host used his expanded role at the network to promote President Obama’s proposed executive action on immigration reform and warned that the GOP has “got to be very careful” in how they respond to the president.