On Tuesday, ABC’s World News and CBS Evening News both reported the latest poll numbers from the “respected” Quinnipiac University, as CBS’s Scott Pelley labeled the institution, regarding President Obama’s “lowest ever” approval rating, along with Americans’ dim view of the politician’s honesty. ABC’s Diane Sawyer noted that “for the first time in his presidency, a majority of American voters – 52 percent…say President Obama is not honest and trustworthy.” Both evening newscasts reported these numbers as they led into their coverage of former President Clinton’s recent word of advice to Obama on his health care law – that “the President should honor the commitment…[he] made to those people, and let them keep what they’ve got.” NBC Nightly News also devoted air time to Clinton’s remarks, but failed to mention the current President’s drooping approval number.
Once again, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta cast President Obama’s “you can keep your health care plan” lie as something much more innocent. On Tuesday’s Piers Morgan Live, he stated, “I think with regard to this idea of keeping the plans, I think that this is another example of the message really having been not properly given.” Gupta then switched to explaining benefits of ObamaCare — the plans are like a “Ferrari” compared with some of the current “[Ford] Pinto” plans — and noted what the White House should have told the millions of Americans who stood to lose their health insurance.
On Tuesday’s The Lead, liberal historian Doris Kearns Goodwin dismissed the notion that the media is in the tank for President Obama. “I don’t think the country would feel that his way of dealing with the country has been eased by the press,” she lamented of Obama and the media. “I think the press is much more complicated today. I think ever since Watergate there’s a more antagonistic view between presidents and press.”
In the midst of the unmitigated disaster that has been the roll out of ObamaCare, on Saturday’s NBC Today, co-host Lester Holt had the audacity to suggest to Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus that Republicans should be the ones on defense: “…you took it on the chin when you fought it in the last budget battle. When we go back around to the budget in January, are Republicans gonna be a little more timid taking on health care, given the experience and given the lower approval ratings?” Priebus replied: “I think that the American people are seeing now how serious it was of a fight against ObamaCare….People are hurting and they’re losing their coverage and they’re paying more money that they can’t afford. It’s just not fair.”
ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday spent over four minutes worrying about “glitch girl,” the woman who was featured on the ObamaCare webpage for weeks during the site’s disastrous rollout. Yet, the same program spent less time on the fact that the website likely will not be fixed by the November 30 deadline. Additionally, Josh Elliott dispatched in six seconds the news that a majority of Americans now find Barack Obama untrustworthy. Reporter Amy Robach focused on Adrianna (she did not want her last name used), the smiling woman who greeted frustrated Americans on HealthCare.gov. Robach hyperbolically announced, “It’s the face that launched a frenzied hunt.” Continuing the over-the-top language, Robach told the young woman, “You’ve been dubbed glitch girl, the most despised face on the planet.”
On MSNBC’s PoliticsNation show, host Al Sharpton criticized Sarah Palin for rhetorically comparing being in debt to another country to “slavery,” as he and his panel suggested that it sounds “racist.” But last year, Sharpton was far more tolerant of Vice President Joe Biden telling black audience members that Mitt Romney would put them “back in chains” as he complained about Romney wanting to “unchain Wall Street.” Sharpton and syndicated columnist Cynthia Tucker also incorrectly claimed that the national debt has been reduced when it is merely the amount of borrowing per year that has started decreasing.