Over the years, lefties have blamed Fox News for all sorts of things. Now, via ObamaCare architect Ezekiel Emanuel, we learn that the nation’s sole non-liberal television news operation is actually responsible for the HealthCare.gov debacle. In a debate with FNC host Megyn Kelly on her program last night, Ezekiel argued that Fox News Channel was really to blame for the fact that almost no one has signed up for the Obamacare insurance exchanges that are the center-piece of the law.
“You and your colleagues were constantly criticizing, trying to underfund it and trying to make sure it didn’t work,” a very combative Emanuel argued as Kelly pressed him on whether the Obama Administration actually knew that many people who had purchased health insurance in the individual market were going to lose their coverage thanks to mandates by the Affordable Care Act. [ See video after jump. MP3 audio here.]
Fox News’s Chris Wallace announced on Thursday’s Special Report that syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer’s book “Things That Matter” is now at the top of the New York Times Best Seller List just above Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing Jesus.”
This led Wallace to deliciously quip, “The Times must be breaking out in hives having the two of you at the top of their chart” (video follows with transcript and commentary):
Libtalker and potential MSNBC pyromaniac Ed Schultz starts every hour of his radio show with the same high-minded slogan -- "From the heart of America, the nation's number one liberal voice, where truth and common sense rule."
Well, depends. Turns out that Schultz is curiously indifferent to the truth -- when disclosing it risks embarrassing Democrats. He also broadcasts the show more often than not from MSNBC studios in New York City, which no one aside from New Yorker magazine illustrators considers "the heart of America." (Audio after the jump)
On Wednesday's CBS Evening News, Nancy Cordes zeroed in on the three Republican congressmen who grilled top administration officials during a hearing on ObamaCare, ballyhooing that "none of them were really able to explain why this product they worked on for years was so flawed". Cordes played extended clips from the hearing totaling 51 seconds – nearly twice the combined number of ABC's World News and NBC Nightly News, which each played 13 seconds from it.
The correspondent played up one clip in particular from White House chief technology officer Todd Park, who gave indications that HealthCare.gov might not be fixed by the target date of November 30 [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump]:
People who cover sports for a living can easily tell the difference between “running out the clock” and “running up the score,” but a recent story stating that eight living National Football League players had tested positive for a disease that can only be detected during an autopsy demonstrated that these reporters shouldn't dabble into matters of science without verifying their information.
Initial reports indicated that NFL Hall of Famers Tony Dorsett, Joe DeLamielleure and Leonard Marshall -- as well as five other athletes -- were found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disorder that is only detectable after the diseased person has died.
An extremely emotional Ed Schultz on Thursday offered up his own version of the famous scream by former Democratic Governor Howard Dean. The agitated host alternated between disparaging Barack Obama for seeming to retreat on the health care law and praising the President. After lecturing the Commander in Chief, Schultz played a clip of him defending ObamaCare. The anchor then screamed, "Yeah!"
Schultz wondered aloud, "Am I asking too much as an Obama supporter to want that?" The liberal host then mocked Obama's performance at a news conference as " Well, we haven't been very good. I'm not happy." An increasingly manic Schultz began shrieking, "...The next time you go into the press room in Washington, you give it to them! You let them have it! This is good! This is great for America!" [See video below. MP3 audio here.]
In a weird confluence of the nation's two most pressing issues -- Obamacare and our insane immigration laws -- this week we found out that the tens of thousands of "navigators" hired by the government to enroll people in Obamacare will include convicted felons.
Despite some "navigators" having already been exposed as having arrest warrants against them, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has no plans to screen out the criminals. (But rest assured: If your identity is stolen as a result of trying to sign up for Obamacare, no one will be more upset about it than President Obama.)
After President Obama's Thursday press conference on his ObamaCare "fix," CNN's John Berman declared the ObamaCare debate over and pushed Republicans to cooperate in fixing it.
"That was the debate from 2010 and the plan passed. Now it's about implementing this plan. Good or bad, at this point," he lectured GOP guest Rich Galen, who had criticized ObamaCare's "complex and top-down, top-heavy system." [Video below the break. Audio here.]
Corrected from earlier (see below) | Three famous men died on Nov. 22, 1963. The one getting the most attention, understandably, is John F. Kennedy. Less so the other two: Aldous Huxley, author of the futuristic novel "Brave New World," and Clive Staples Lewis.
Of the three, it was Lewis who not only was the most influential of his time, but whose reach extends to these times and likely beyond. His many books continue to sell and the number of people whose lives have been changed by his writing expands each year.
A commenter at my post yesterday ("TomsonaNonGrata") about how a pair of New York Times reporters characterized President Barack Obama's false guarantee to Americans that "If you like your plan-doctor-provider, you can keep your plan-doctor-provider" as an "incorrect promise" — because they couldn't work up the nerve to call it a lie — noted that "All these people (in the press) that were so quick to call Bush a liar about WMD, when he was basing his decision on the intelligence available at the time, now can't bring themselves to call Obama a liar, when he specifically knew policies could/would be cancelled, and kept saying otherwise."
Point well-taken, especially given what the intrepid tweet trackers at Twitchy relayed from Washington Examiner columnist Charlie Spiering. Spiering fouund a Times editorial from 2008 which commented on the George W. Bush and weapons of mass destruction:
In an episode that featured plenty of ObamaCare criticism from the president’s typical allies, MSNBC’s Morning Joe still found room for the law’s cheerleaders. On Thursday’s show, co-host Mika Brzezinski despaired over the fact that Bill Clinton advised President Obama to keep his promise to the country and allow people to keep their health care plans if they like them. The fact that Clinton was not explicitly siding with Obama caused Brzezinski to mourn, “Is anyone going to help out at this point, or is it so convoluted that we are holding onto hope at this point? Cause I believe in the concept of this law. I want it to work.”
Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson, sitting on the panel, confessed to being a “believer” in the law as well. Going further than Brzezinski, she actually had the nerve to complain about the people who have been forced out of plans they like by ObamaCare: [Video below. MP3 audio here.]
Consider this truly delicious tweet the CNN host sent out Wednesday evening saying, "Considerably more Americans signed a petition to have me deported, than enrolled for Obamacare. I'd start panicking, Mr President":
Updated below | Pity the poor MSNBC graphics guy who is probably on thin ice if not already packing up his desk over this.
During a segment on Thursday's NewsNation about the president's announcement he would grant health insurance companies to have a one year reprieve from canceling "substandard" plans outlawed by ObamaCare, one of the onscreen graphics read (emphasis mine), "Pres.: Failed rollout put burden on Democrats." [see screen capture below page]
Appearing on Thursday's NBC Today, chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd matter-of-factly declared that ObamaCare was always going to be a bad deal for some Americans: "There are always winners and losers in any piece of legislation. There is a small number of losers in here, if you want to count losing as in having to pay more for your health insurance....That was always the intention, that was the only way you could make the law work..." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]
Todd acknowledged that was not the way President Obama sold the law, but avoided calling it a lie: "...this goes to the problem that the President brought upon himself, when they didn't make this clear." On the March 3, 2010 Nightly News, just weeks before the passage of ObamaCare, Todd touted the President's deception: "If this reform works the way the White House hopes it does, the bottom line is simple, it should be easier for you to get health insurance and harder for you to lose it."
If Barack Obama starts losing people at MSNBC, his presidency is doomed.
On Now with Alex Wagner Thursday, shortly after the President spoke to the nation about his “solution” for ObamaCare causing people to lose their health insurance even though he promised they wouldn’t, the host said, “He seems a wounded man today” (video follows with transcript and commentary):
On MSNBC's PoliticsNation show, MSNBC.com Executive Editor Richard Wolffe -- formerly of Newsweek -- recounted that the Republican base is getting "more male and older and whiter," and asserted that they are "excluding more than half the population" as he asserted that Republicans are "not ready for power yet."
After host Al Sharpton recalled that Republicans are talking about trying to catch up with Democrats in winning women voters, Wolffe began:
The “Thursday Styles” section of The New York Times promoted a new book called “The Book of Dolores,” where novelist William T. Vollmann chronicles his cross-dressing in photographs as “a female alter ego named Dolores, whom he refers to in the third person.”
“Dolores is a relatively young woman trapped in this fat, aging male body,” Mr. Vollmann told Stephen Heyman of the Times. “I’ve bought her a bunch of clothes, but she’s not grateful. She would like to get rid of me if she could.” We're told gender is fluid, as every liberal-media outlet must promote:
So it seems that the sentiment at MSNBC is that killing babies is “important work.” At least that seems to be the message that Chris Jansing was sending her audience when she brought on New York Magazine’s Meaghan Winter to preview her article on abortion entitled “My Abortion.”
Appearing on her daily show on Thursday November 14, host Chris Jansing introduced the segment by hyping the “moving and often surprising stories” of women seeking abortions before bringing on her two guests to sympathize with their efforts: [Read more below.]
"The Democrats Need to Stop Freaking Out About Obamacare and Take Charge," huffed the headline for Michael Tomasky's 9-paragraph November 14 Daily Beast story -- filed hours before the president's press conference -- addressing reports that nervous congressional Democrats were considering getting on board with a Republican proposal to make President Obama's "if you like it you can keep it" promise a reality.
The leftist writer groused that cable news in general, but Fox News in particular, were ultimately to blame by creating a "soap opera" political culture which makes a huge deal out of passing political travails:
CBS journalist Major Garrett grilled Barack Obama at a White House news conference, Thursday. On the subject of ObamaCare's disastrous rollout, the reporter repeatedly zeroed in on what the President knew and when: "You said after the law was implemented or signed, if like your plan, you can keep it. Americans believed you, sir, when you said that to them over and over."[See video below. MP3 audio here.]
Garrett pushed, "Do you not believe, sir, the American people deserve a deeper, more transparent accountability from you as to why you said it over and over and when your own statistics, published in the Federal Register, alerted your policy staff, and I presume you, to the fact that millions of Americans would, in fact, probably fall into the very gap you are trying to administratively fix now?" The journalist wasn't done. He offered up two more hard-hitting queries.
At least for Thursday, the network morning shows admitted that ObamaCare is an "embarrassing," "botched" failure that has landed with a "resounding thud." ABC, NBC and CBS offered blunt, stark descriptions of the health care law's low enrollment rates and the disastrous implementation. Good Morning America reporter Jim Avila explained, "The President's signature achievement, health care for everyone, officially got off to a resounding thud." He added that Republicans are "seizing on the botched rollout."
Over on NBC's Today, Savannah Guthrie unloaded on the President: "A new poll that has the President's approval rating hitting an all-time low as the administration is forced to acknowledge health care enrollment numbers that are embarrassingly low." [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Correspondent Peter Alexander marveled, "For a better sense of just how few Americans signed up for ObamaCare in the first month – 106,000 total – consider that's barely enough to fill a large football stadium and only one-fifth of what government officials had projected."
Filmmaker Oliver Stone made some truly offensive comments on PBS’s Tavis Smiley show Wednesday.
“I don't know why these Republican white people...They're strange to me," he said. "It’s almost as if we’re an apartheid state and they’re still fighting for the rights of whites in South Africa” (video follows with transcript and commentary):
A President can deal with being disliked, even despised, by his opponents. But when he becomes a laughingstock among his own supposed supporters . . .
On today's Morning Joe, Dem Sen. Joe Manchin openly mocked President Obama's failure to communicate with Congress. Asked by Joe Scarborough whether the President is disconnected from the Senate and House, Manchin sardonically said "everybody has a different style." Queried as how often he talks to the prez by phone, Manchin sarcastically replied "I'm sure he's very busy." The panel had a good laugh at Pres. Obama's expense, until a mortified Mika Brzezinski couldn't take it anymore and demanded "Stop it. Enough!" View the video after the jump.
One of the biggest concerns journalists have had since the explosion of blogs on the Internet is that people with no training in reporting will post “news” without verifying information obtained from a single person or uncertain sources.
An example of what can go wrong when such a procedure isn't followed was a blog posted on March 29, 2012, by Logan Smith claiming that South Carolina governor Nikki Haley -- considered by many to be one of the GOP's “brightest stars” at the time -- was about to be indicted on tax fraud charges, something that never happened and led to a defamation suit against the blogger, who was later slammed as an “idiot” and a “clown.”
If NFL owners and players wanted to dismiss the racially charged hazing of Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin as Fun With Rookies, they better be prepared for the media nerds who want to destroy the popularity of football so it sinks to the cultural level of boxing.
On Wednesday’s Morning Edition, NPR set loose its sports commentator Frank Deford to tell parents not to let their boys (or girls) play football, because it can “damage your soul as well as your brain”:
At NewsBusters, we often document Politico's liberal tilt. For example, a couple of years ago I wrote an item highlighting the fact that all six stories in that day's Politico's "Daily Digest" were Dem-friendly.
So it is a mark of just how deep the Obamacare disaster is for Dems that four of the five items in today's "Daily Digest" focus on Obamacare's catastrophic debut and its political implications. See the stories after the jump.
Comedian and CNN contributor Dean Obeidallah showed up on the Stephanie Miller radio show on Tuesday. The topic was Chris Christie and Obeidallah's article for The Daily Beast, headlined "Don't Believe the Chris Christie Hype; Look at His Economic Record."
Miller called Christie a "big bully," but Obeidallah dug low in the mud pit, insulting him as "the Rob Ford of the south," after the obese mayor of Toronto who recently admitted smoking crack.