ABC's Terry Moran on Wednesday hyperbolically spun Barack Obama's congressional speech as a "bold call to action" and theatrically visualized, " There was another ghost in the chamber tonight, the spirit of Senator Ted Kennedy, who fought for decades for universal care. " Earlier in the Nightline segment, which recapped the President's health care address, the co-anchor introduced his political revision of A Christmas Carol: "Yes, there were ghosts in that chamber tonight. The other Presidents who tried to reform the health care system and failed." After discussing the outburst by South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson, who accused the President... continue reading
CNN on Wednesday night and Thursday morning trumpeted the results of a poll of the mainly Democratic audience that watched President Obama's health care speech as " a great showing " for the President and " a reason to celebrate ." But because the poll only included those who watched the speech, it over-sampled Democrats (and under-sampled Republicans and independents) by a substantial margin. CNN's Web site also touted the poll as finding a " double-digit post-speech jump for Obama plan ," with 67% favoring ObamaCare after the speech, compared to 53% beforehand. When CNN's senior political correspondent Candy Crowley... continue reading
In his health care speech Wednesday night, President Obama cast himself as a truth-teller combating "bogus claims" and "misinformation" about his big government health care plan. "If you misrepresent what's in the plan, we will call you out," Obama warned his critics. But within hours, the Associated Press had "fact-checked " the President's speech and found the Fact-Checker-in-Chief is guilty of misrepresenting a few facts himself. AP writers Calvin Woodward and Erica Werner said the President uttered "a variety of oversimplifications and omissions," and used "only-in Washington accounting" to claim his plan would not add "one dime" to the deficit... continue reading
ABC correspondent Jake Tapper on Thursday condescendingly described Barack Obama's address to Congress this way: " At times, it was almost like the President were a principal and Congress a bunch of unruly school kids. " The usually restrained reporter announced, "He [Obama] made outreach to his conservative opponents, while also refuting many of their ideas." Refuted? Wouldn't challenged or attacked have been the neutral description? Tapper also repeated that Obama "blames misinformation for why many Americans are nervous about reform." Good Morning America on Thursday ignored the AP's fact check from the previous night that debunked some of the... continue reading
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman again showed a disturbing affection for China's dictatorship in his Wednesday column attacking Republican stubbornness on health care and climate change legislation (" Our One-Party Democracy "). Friedman pleaded for "enlightened" autocrats, able to get things accomplished against the will of the people, for their own good. Watching both the health care and climate/energy debates in Congress, it is hard not to draw the following conclusion: There is only one thing worse than one-party autocracy, and that is one-party democracy, which is what we have in America today. One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks... continue reading
During MSNBC's live coverage of President Obama's speech to Congress, anchor Keith Olbermann tried to discredit Congressman Charles Boustany immediately after the Louisiana Republican finished giving the Republican response, as the MSNBC host informed viewers that Boustany - a heart surgeon - had been "sued for malpractice three times," allegedly subscribes to the "Birther" conspiracy theory raising questions about Obama's citizenship, and was even supposedly taken in by a scam as he tried to purchase the British title of "Lord." Olbermann: Congressman Boustany, we should note, has been sued for malpractice three times. He is a "Birther" who believes there... continue reading
Some very friendly assessments of President Barack Obama's health care address Wednesday night to a joint session of Congress, most gathered from the quick analysis in the short time between Obama and the Republican response: ♦ MSNBC's Keith Olbermann hailed it as "a broad and forward thinking speech" with "a touch of greatness." ( MP3 audio ) ♦ On ABC, George Stephanopoulos saw "a pretty remarkable speech" and suggested "this might have been the most emotional speech I've seen President Obama give" as "there was even a catch in his voice" because "this is very close to President Obama's heart."... continue reading
"The new President has been bruised along the way as poll numbers are falling and he has seen his message hijacked as town meetings have exploded with wild and false rumors of 'death panels' deciding when a human life should end," Brian Williams declared at the top of Wednesday's NBC Nightly News, in adopting as fact the liberal presumption that conservatives, not liberals, are guilty of the misrepresentations. In advance of President Obama's prime time speech before Congress to push his health care agenda, Williams began his September 9 newscast for the Eastern and Central time zones: President Obama is... continue reading
In an online Q&A, New York Times Managing Editor Jill Abramson admitted the paper's coverage of the Van Jones controversy was "a beat behind" and put the blame on Labor Day, not pro-Obama bias. It's not the first Democratic scandal the paper has arrived late to. Abramson participated in an online Q&A on Monday where she offered a surprising mea culpa on the paper's non-coverage of the controversy surrounding Obama environmental adviser and 9-11 Truther Van Jones. The Times reprinted several emails from readers to Abramson wondering why the paper had not covered the Van Jones controversy until after he... continue reading
With President Obama pitching his version of health reform before a joint session of Congress, it recalls Bill Clinton's 1993 speech to Congress on the same topic. The media spin back then sounds eerily familiar: "reform" would end the "shame" of America being the only industrialized nation without universal coverage; a bigger role for government would cost nothing or even save money in the long run; and government bureaucrats are preferable to insurance companies. After a year of media cheerleading, however, Congress finally scrapped Clinton's health care ideas. But the unpopularity of Clinton's government-based solutions contributed to the election of... continue reading