On August 26, the Associated Press did an amazing thing — it admitted that President Obama was in over his head on issues related to foreign policy. Now that the 2012 election is over and the Obamacare bureaucracy tsunami is about to come crashing down on the heads of Americans, AP has decided to come clean on Obamacare.

Interesting timing.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is the insurance industry’s most powerful pitchman these days as he drums up interest in the health insurance markets opening for business Tuesday. Whatever the merits of his product, there are reasons for the buyer to beware of his rhetoric. …

REP. KEVIN McCARTHY, R-Calif.: “When we started this health care debate, the president led with a very big promise to the American people: If you like the health care that you have, that you currently have, you can keep it.” — At a Sept. 20 House Republican rally after passage of the bill that would finance the government on condition the health care law is starved of money. …

THE FACTS: McCarthy is correct, Obama said exactly that. It was an empty promise, made repeatedly. Sebelius picks her words more carefully but still offers misleading assurances.

Nothing in the health care law guarantees that people can keep the health insurance they already have. Costs can rise, benefits can change and employers can drop coverage.

Read the entire piece, and then head on over to Hotair for their coverage. It’s … illuminating.

As I’ve said before, media bias takes many forms. It’s not just how the media covers a story, but if and when they cover a story that matters. Ignoring key “facts” until bad public policy has gone through the sausage-making process is just as noteworthy as slanted coverage portrayed as straight news.

With the emergence of new technology, the “old media” had to adapt, and so they came up with “Fact Checkers.” Well, who are the fact checkers and who checks them?

Answer: It’s the same incestuous group who now readily acknowledge that they’ve dumped a documentary on Hillary Clinton because her camp and powerful politicians on both sides of the fence didn’t want it to happen. Don’t you wish the rules that applied to Washington’s elite applied to you?

Long story short: Fact checkers are generally just new tools politicians use to cite on Sunday morning talk shows when it suits their needs, knowing that for the most part their friends will rarely take off the kid gloves or apply intellectual uppercuts to the chin. Admitting that President Obama’s signature piece of legislation was filled with empty promises right before the bomb drops does little to instill confidence in the free press.

And with that, I leave you with the lyrics of Axl Rose, the once-great front man of Guns N’ Roses, whose partying ways have him looking these days like a guy who probably should buy health insurance immediately if he doesn’t have it already.

‘Oh My God’:

“Oh, well its on with the show

Like the tide down on the ocean

The waves already set in motion

The only one in the game that’s lost is you.

Advertisements

About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

27 comments

    1. Today is my day off. Basically, unless I have to watch the news there isn’t a chance I’m watching a speech by the president. He’s the king of speeches…

      I know this one was streaming online, but I don’t even own a television. I haven’t had one for over three years now. I highly suggest it to anyone whose been thinking getting rid of theirs.

    2. At this point, I just think they’re all pretty much useless. Like I said, we’re $17 trillion in debt and the house of cards is beginning to wobble. If there were adults in Congress all hands on deck would be trying to figure it out now. Get ready for inflation nation.

    3. I don’t own any firearms, but the guys I rent from … are well stocked. One of my buddies just got the civilian version of the rifle the IDF uses. Tavor? Regardless, it’s pretty cool. Very impressive.

    4. Huh. Sounds like you’ve got some connections when things go south.

      On a note of things going south, why do you think there was no or minimal looting during the Japanese Earthquake a couple years back yet there was significant looting during Katrina and Haiti?

    5. Well … I don’t know the official crime statistics for both instances, but I’d say that there is quite a large gap between Japanese culture and American culture. There has been American disasters where people came together (e.g., 9/11) and there have been American disasters where some ugly behavior captured the headlines (e.g., Katina).

      I think Americans would be wise to turn to the East and try and learn a few things…although, quite honestly, I’d be happy if we just recaptured some knowledge of what has made Western Civilization so great. Our culture has in many respects unraveled. I don’t mean to sound like a “get off my lawn” type of character, but it’s true.

      We’ve raised millions of kids since the 80s in a way where they weren’t really taught right from wrong. They’ve been spoon fed moral relativism, even if they haven’t realized it.

      Listen to the monologue from ‘Hobo with a Shotgun.’ Exploitation film? Yes. But he’s right…

      “You won’t think twice about killing someone’s wife because you won’t even know it was wrong in the first place.”

      If you want to get high-minded about it, then I guess we can turn to Reagan:

      “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”

      Take your pick. They both basically get at the heart of the matter.

    6. First off, I’d watch the Marky Steyn interview on Multi-culturalism. It’s all connected. It essentially goes like this: “There’s no right or wrong. No culture is better than another. Good and bad are just social constructs. One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. Everyone is a winner. There are no losers.” It goes on and on… So that’s how you get the Boston terrorist on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. That’s how you get idiots outside the courthouse acting like groupies. That’s how you get Americans who will defend some of the worst human rights violators in the world while simultaneously ripping their own country to shreds.

    7. I love Watchmen. It was written by a raving socialist, but he inadvertently makes the case for conservatism.

      Rorschach was supposed to be a “right wing nutcase” (I forgot the exact wording), but he was the one guy who was right all along. He had an incredibly accurate understanding of human nature, even if his way of dealing with the worst elements was psychotic.

      I love this scene:

      Incredibly powerful. The people who try and create heaven on earth usually find themselves doing things better suited for the depths of hell in order to realize their vision for humanity.

    1. Really? Not surprising. Moore is a hardcore socialist and there seems to be a lot of hate directed toward Ditko for being an Objectivist. I’m no fan of Watchmen, and have many problems with the overall story, but Doug is right about Rorschach being the only decent character of the whole story.

    2. And I credit having attended a Lutheran school from kindergarten through fifth grade with instilling a sense of right and wrong within me. That, and I have great parents.

    3. I probably did at some time. I haven’t read the book or anything about it in so long… I actually just put Watchmen in package I’m mailing to my sister-in-law. She’s a pretty good budding artist just starting high school and I want to introduce her to as much material as possible.

    1. Yeah…I gave my PS3 away to one of my cousins because the Hubris and Liberalism of the Gaming Industry (Bioware and the Mass Effect games for good examples) got to me until one day I finally decided to just say, “You know what? Instead of clinging to my console, I’m going to give it away to someone less fortunate than me who WISH he had it, IE, my poor as crap cousin from Tennessee.”

      That said, I do miss it’s DVD and internet capabilities though. Ah well. Least my brother still has his 360.

      Speaking of the Xbox, you ever play Halo back in the day?

    1. Unreal…

      Side note: I think all my primary care physicians over the course of my life have been Indian. I’ve been extremely happy with them. I don’t give a rip about the color of my doctor’s skin because I care about … simply having a good doctor.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s