Obama Watch

By Brent Baker | October 26, 2014 | 3:20 AM EDT

Out of sync with MSNBC, NBC’s Saturday Night Live opened last night with a skit in which “President Obama” acknowledged the ineptitude of his administration and “Ron Klain,” the Ebola Czar, conceded to a reporter that he has no medical expertise. Picking up on poor Democratic prospects in the mid-term elections, the comedy show then had Klain warning “if you live in a southern state, such as Louisiana, Arkansas, or Kentucky, you actually may want to avoid any large public spaces like, say, a polling booth.”

By NB Staff | October 21, 2014 | 6:35 PM EDT

"MSNBC had record-low ratings last quarter.  But the network remains dedicated to objective journalism, according to its program director, Barack Obama."  -- Jodi Miller

By Ken Shepherd | October 21, 2014 | 4:20 PM EDT

On Monday, Maryland conservative political blogger Jeff Quinton explained how The Washington Post ignored crowds streaming out of the October 19 Democratic campaign rally for Anthony Brown featuring President Barack Obama. On Tuesday, Post columnist Dana Milbank admitted that the crowds did thin out well before the event was concluded, but he made sure to put the best possible spin on the matter.

By Ken Shepherd | October 13, 2014 | 9:04 PM EDT

The federal response to the arrival of Ebola cases on American soil reminds Chris Matthews of the disastrous, apparently leaderless rollout of the bug-ridden ObamaCare federal website in 2013.

By Curtis Houck | October 10, 2014 | 5:20 PM EDT

Appearing on Friday’s edition of MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown, the reporter with The Washington Post who broke the story that White House officials knew that advance team member Jonanthan Dach had a prostitute stay in his hotel room during the 2012 Colombian prostitution scandal joined the program and took to blasting the White House’s numerous claims that no such cover-up exists.

Reporter Carol Leonnig spoke with MSNBC’s Craig Melvin and slammed the Obama administration right from the moment she began speaking for their “red herring” of “the mistaken identity” and that it was “demonstrably false” for them “to say that the only evidence, which is what the White House is saying, that the only evidence involving this guy was that a woman had signed herself into this room.”

By Ken Shepherd | October 9, 2014 | 9:39 PM EDT

Self-proclaimed "victims' rights advocate" and MSNBC contributor Michelle Bernard wasted no time on Thursday's edition of Hardball defending former White House volunteer Jonathan Dach -- now employed at the State Department in the Office on Global Women's Issues -- from charges that he patronized a prostitute while on official business as an Obama advance man in Cartagena, Colombia. 

 

By NB Staff | October 8, 2014 | 10:59 PM EDT

Graham pointed out that when the former Secretary of Defense gave his first interview to CBS’s 60 Minutes, neither one of the other two major broadcast networks (ABC or NBC) covered it and the result was the same with O’Reilly’s interview.

Speaking on how “especially upsetting again” it was that none of the networks joined O’Reilly in asking Panetta about the Obama administration’s response to the 2012 attack in Benghazi. On what Panetta said about Benghazi, Graham thought that “Panetta's answers on that were really weak.”

By Ken Shepherd | October 8, 2014 | 8:37 PM EDT

"The new HealthCare.gov is set to open for broad testing by insurers on Tuesday, but they’re not going to be publicly talking—or tweeting—about it," a Wall Street Journal reporter noted in a story filed October 7, citing a "new confidentiality agreement" that includes "any information describing... the performance or functionality" of the federal ObamaCare Web portal. Naturally the broadcast news programs for Wednesday, October 8, failed to cover the development.

By Ken Shepherd | October 7, 2014 | 9:52 PM EDT

Former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta should have at least waited until after the 2014 midterms to publish his memoirs, seeing as they contain sharp criticisms of President Obama, Hardball host Chris Matthews argued on his October 7 program, lamenting Panetta's lack of "loyalty" to the administration. "Why's he doing this?!" Matthews whined.

By Tom Blumer | September 26, 2014 | 10:05 PM EDT

It wasn't that long ago that Obamacare defenders were ridiculing those of us who pointed out that the fully loaded cost of HealthCare.gov would surely top the $1 billion mark.

Well, we were wrong — to be so conservative. The real number is "about" $2.1 billion and counting, according to a Bloomberg report which is mostly being kept out of the non-business press.

By Ken Shepherd | September 17, 2014 | 4:59 PM EDT

Last year the deeply liberal Democratic state of Maryland had an absolutely atrocious rollout of its ObamaCare website. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D), who is running this November for governor, was in charge of the ObamaCare rollout.

The website has since been completely overhauled, at the staggering cost of $40 million, but all the same, health department officials are planning "to limit access... so that any glitches can be worked out and the system won't be overwhelmed with requests," Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post reported today. Editors buried the story on page B5.

By Curtis Houck | September 16, 2014 | 10:46 PM EDT

On Tuesday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report documenting how abortions are being funded by taxpayers under ObamaCare despite a provision in the law stating that abortions will not be covered under ObamaCare insurance plans. When the Tuesday evening newscasts for the major broadcast networks had passed, however, none of them devoted even a second to the story.

According to the report, 28 states (plus D.C.) did not restrict ObamaCare insurance plans that included abortions as a benefit while 23 states did have that restriction in place. In addition, the GAO found that 17 out of 18 insurers sampled did not bill individuals separately for abortion coverage within their plans.