On Tuesday’s NBC Tonight Show, host Jay Leno provided harsher criticism of President Obama falsely claiming that Americans could keep their current health insurance plans under ObamaCare than any of the network’s reporters. Leno told the audience: “Well, it’s being reported that the President has known for three years that people would lose their coverage. The press is now saying the President lied.” Leno setup a mock defense of Obama: “But today the White House said that’s not true. He did not lie. And they released this tape from three years ago to prove it. Here’s what he said three years ago.” A comically dubbed-over soundbite followed of Obama saying people “cannot” keep their doctors and health insurance.
Apparently, a lot of conservatives remind Chris Matthews of the scarred and burned child murderer from the Nightmare on Elm Street films. On Tuesday, the Hardball anchor linked Republican Ted Cruz to the cinematic killer. He opened the program by spewing, “Is Ted Cruz the Republican Freddy Krueger?” According to Matthews, the Texas senator is a “grotesquerie that now presents itself as the righteous right arm of the Republican Party.” Using Halloween imagery, the host attributed all of the GOP’s woes to Cruz, slamming him as “this frightening Freddy Krueger that threatens this country with relentless shutdowns and credit defaults.”
While discussing the numerous ObamaCare failures on Wednesday’s NBC Today, chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd felt it necessary to gratuitously bash Republicans: “And suddenly you have the picture of two parties, a Democratic Party led by the President that apparently doesn’t know how to govern, has a competency issue when it comes to this health care website, juxtaposed next to a Republican Party who apparently has no interest in governing.” Todd didn’t bother to explain or justify his slam on the GOP, he simply stated it as if it were a fact.
The journalists at Good Morning America on Wednesday conceded that Barack Obama may have “misled the public” on the health care law, that “some call it a lie.” But at the same time, reporter Jim Avila helpfully told viewers that Americans would be only be losing “cheap, underperforming insurance.” [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Anchor George Stephanopoulos introduced the story on Kathleen Sebelius’s testimony before Congress as the “latest firestorm over ObamaCare.” The co-host revealed, “All this is happening as we learn of a new report from inside the administration that warned these website problems were coming.” Avila related that the Health and Human Services Secretary will blame the disastrous launch of “contractors who built the site” and take “none of the” responsibility. The journalist explained, “A document posted overnight by a congressional committee shows that the main contractor did warn the government more testing was needed before launch.”
John Dickerson didn’t mince words about the “bad launch” of ObamaCare in his Tuesday item for Slate.com. The CBS News political director invoked one of deceased tyrant Kim Jong il’s most infamous saber-rattling tactics: “Healthcare.gov launched with the fanfare and success of a North Korean missile.” Dickerson also rephrased his recent contention that “the administration could get into, sort of, a credibility death spiral” on the issue of ObamaCare. He stated that “when the website doesn’t work and the promises of 2009 and 2010 are revised, questions of credibility infect everything the administration says. This can lead to a death spiral as administration officials make bold assertions to distract from the current challenges.”
On Tuesday’s Charlie Rose show, former Vice President Dick Cheney came on to promote his new book about surviving heart disease and was treated to a nasty swipe from the host about his Iraq war decision making. When Cheney told the PBS host and co-anchor of CBS’s This Morning that he had wished he had gotten his heart transplant done sooner, Rose took a swing, meant as a joke: “Might you have seen Iraq differently if we had more oxygen to your brain?” Cheney laughed off the cheap shot.