On Wednesday, all three network morning shows repeated the White House line that the reason for delaying the March 31 ObamaCare enrollment deadline was due to a last-minute “surge” of people signing up. In a 20-second news brief on NBC’s Today, fill-in news reader Tamron Hall announced “a reprieve this morning for people who’ve been trying to sign up for ObamaCare,” before noting that “the Health and Human Services Department says there has been a last-minute surge in demand.” During a 17-second news brief on ABC’s Good Morning America, fill-in news reader Amy Robach gently described the law’s new setback as a sign-up “grace period” and declared: “…the White House predicts a crush of applicants in the final hours could cause a computer traffic jam.”
MSNBC’s Ed Schultz on Wednesday slammed charter schools in America, sneering that funding them “breeds and feeds the next generation of segregation in America.” [See video below. MP3 audio here.] The Ed Show host talked to fellow liberal Michael Eric Dyson who complained about public schools having to compete against charter schools. He insisted, “If you would supply money to these public schools, then they could do equally as well.” Of course, public schools in Washington D.C., for instance, spend almost $30,000 per student.
Introducing a story on Wednesday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer touted the Washington Post publishing the resignation letter of Massachusetts kindergarten teacher Suzi Sluyter, who decided to quit her job after being “frustrated by what she says is too much emphasis on test scores and testing instead of the kids themselves.” In the report that followed – amid clips of Sluyter reciting her letter on camera – correspondent Ron Mott declared: “A sobering assessment about standardized tests, how children are damaged by what she calls a broken system more focused on scoring them.” He soon found who to blame: “When President George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind into law in 2002, supporters applauded the sweeping reform for holding schools and teachers accountable for student performance. But it wasn’t long before complaints surfaced.” Meanwhile, the current President of the United States, Barack Obama, was not mentioned once during the segment. That despite his administration backing the increasingly controversial Common Core education standards.
On Monday, The UK’s Daily Telegraph spotlighted the scoop of another British media outlet, Channel 4, which discovered the beyond abhorrent practice of 10 NHS hospitals incinerating over 15,000 bodies of unborn babies from miscarriages and abortions. The investigation by the Channel 4 program Dispatches found that some of the infants’ remains were even used to heat the medical facilities. This scandal, which got picked up by newspapers across much of the Anglosphere – including The Vancouver Sun and The Ottawa Citizen in Canada – has yet to receive wide coverage in the United States. So far, the only TV outlet to devote air time to the story was Monday’s The Five on Fox News Channel.
With all the important things going on in the world, MSNBC on Tuesday chose to devote 16 minutes of coverage over four shows to the “indefensible,” “racist” “slur” that is the Washington Redskins logo. The fight to force team owner Dan Snyder to change the name came up on Morning Joe, The Reid Report, All In With Chris Hayes and The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell. Hayes began his coverage by sneering, “Dan Snyder is the owner of the NFL’s Washington, D.C. football team, whose name might be the last racial slur you can get away with saying at work.” The host cited NBC colleague Bob Costas’s 2013 rant as proof of a groundswell, adding, “With this kind of pressure building against it, it is getting harder and harder for Dan Snyder to defend the team’s name, to defend what is really indefensible.”