30 Years Ago: Media Gushed Over the Clintons’ Crazy Health Care Scheme

September 23rd, 2023 8:51 AM

Thirty years ago this week, Bill and Hillary Clinton outlined their ill-fated plan for unprecedented government intervention in the health care sector. The liberal media loudly crowed their approval, assuring voters “reform” would end the “shame” of America as the only developed nation without universal coverage.

Flashback: Year of Media Spin Gave Us Budget-Busting ObamaCare

March 25th, 2023 9:08 AM

Thirteen years ago this week, the liberal media celebrated the final passage of the Affordable Care Act, aka “ObamaCare,” President Barack Obama’s big government answer to the millions of Americans without health insurance. Passage came after a year of media cheerleading, as journalists trumpeted the alleged benefits of Obama’s plan and denigrated conservative critics as racists or terrorists…


Nets Skeptical of McCain Health in 2008, Worried About Mental Fitness

August 25th, 2016 12:05 AM
Back in 2008 the “Big Three” demanded to know all they could about Republican nominee John McCain’s health, but now it’s Hillary Clinton’s health that’s in the spotlight and the networks want little to do with it. The networks are treating talk of Clinton’s health as like more than a nuisance, with CBS declaring it, “A Trump lie about her health,” and ABC saying it’s something she can “laugh off…

Media Reality Check: A Year of Spin for Liberal ObamaCare

March 15th, 2010 10:25 AM
The end of Congress’s long debate over ObamaCare could be near, as the President pushes for a final vote this week before his Asia trip, and House Democrats want a resolution before next week’s Easter break.Yet whether or not liberals’ dreams are ultimately realized, they have had a huge advantage throughout the process. Over the past twelve months, journalists have continually stacked the deck…

Gibson Rues Loss of Media Objectivity....Moments After Johnson Pontifi

December 19th, 2009 1:37 PM
ABC's Dr. Tim Johnson, a long-time advocate of government-centered universal health care, again shared his personal view he “absolutely” favors passage of the current ObamaCare bill, though “I would personally prefer to have public option and/or Medicare expansion directly challenging private insurance.” Without irony, about twelve minutes later as he signed off as anchor of his final newscast,…

ABC Airs Fantasy About Impact of House Health Care Bill

November 9th, 2009 1:22 PM
Perhaps it was an early Christmas wish, but "Good Morning America" anchor Diane Sawyer and chief medical editor Tim Johnson shared some overly optimistic thoughts about the health care bill that narrowly passed the House of Representatives Nov. 7. Sawyer kicked off the one-sided conversation with Johnson by asking him, "Well, if the president gets his wish and a bill either by the end of the…

ABC's Johnson Insists: 'Public Option or Regulation, the Government Ha

September 29th, 2009 8:15 PM
“It is possible to have a very good health insurance system without a public option,” ABC's Dr. Tim Johnson acceded on Tuesday's World News in the wake of the Senate Finance Committee's bi-partisan rejection of the liberal quest, but without it we must follow Switzerland and Germany which have “no public option” yet impose “very heavy government regulation” on the health insurance industry. “One…

Exposed: Network TV Docs Give Cash to Dems, Promote ObamaCare on Air

August 5th, 2009 10:31 AM
ABC was embarrassed last week by NewsBusters’ exposure of how their new senior medical editor, Dr. Richard Besser of the federal Centers for Disease Control, donated $400 to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008, presumably an indication of his political sympathies. An ABC News spokeswoman, Cathie Levin, defended Besser to the Associated Press, arguing that he’s a doctor “whose job it is…

ABC's Dr. Tim Johnson Glows Over Obama's 'Very Tender Moment' with AMA

June 15th, 2009 8:52 PM

ABC Medical Editor Calms Down Media's Flu Coverage

May 1st, 2009 4:08 PM
After days of media alarm regarding the H1N1 virus, or "swine flu," ABC "World News with Charles Gibson" provided a calmer analysis on April 30. Medical editor Dr. Timothy Johnson told anchor Charles Gibson the "good news" about this flu virus and admitted that "sometimes we as the media" "do overreact." "In an amazing feat of modern science Charlie, they've been able to send out this…

Cover for Biden’s Swine Flu Gaffe: 'Not Terrible Advice,' Reaction

April 30th, 2009 9:36 PM
CBS's Katie Couric and ABC's Dr. Tim Johnson tried to provide cover Thursday night for Vice President Biden's gaffe about the swine flu threat, which forced two cabinet secretaries and the White House spokesman to correct his advice to avoid planes and subways, as Couric asked an expert to confirm “that's not terrible advice in certain situations, is it?” and Johnson spun it into a positive,…

Friendly TV Reception for Obama's Health Care 'Fix

March 6th, 2009 10:43 AM
President Obama's health care summit at the White House played into receptive television news hands Thursday night as NBC displayed “Fixing Health Care” on screen before reporter Chuck Todd appropriated the coach who inspired “win one for the Gipper” by touting how “the President's drive to pass health care got a Knute Rockne-like boost with a surprise appearance” by Senator Ted Kennedy, while…

'National Shame' Will Propel Obama's 'Universal' Health to Victory

March 1st, 2009 10:46 PM

'Good Morning America' Thinks You’re Not Smart Enough to Buy Health

September 9th, 2008 5:51 PM
ABC's "Good Morning America" isn't afraid to call 'em like they see 'em. On health care, Chris Cuomo set up his resident health expert to deliver an outright insult to the American people. Republican Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) advocates more patient choice and flexibility in buying health insurance, but ABC’s medical editor, Dr. Tim Johnson, scoffed at that notion in a September 5 story.“The idea…