Beeler on the White House’s favorite barricade

posted at 10:01 am on October 7, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

We’ve read and discussed some of the most offensive appearances of Barrycades over the last week, from the World War II memorial to the virtual barricade on the Amber Alert website. What has been the most effective Barrycade for the White House? The shutdown itself, which has rescued Barack Obama from the full brunt of the failures in the ObamaCare exchanges.  Nate Beeler put it perfectly in yesterday’s editorial cartoon at the Columbus Dispatch:

beeler-shutdown-barricade

A quick check on Nexis today supports Beeler’s argument.  A search for insurance exchanges health among all major newspapers for today turns up only thirteen articles — and only six inside the US.  That includes the Miami Herald’s update for readers that 141 plans are accessible in the Miami-Dade exchange, which was item 4 of five local news items.  USA Today reports on the ability of employer-covered workers to seek better options in the exchanges.  The Philadelphia Daily News only has an editorial on Tom Corbett’s faux pas last week on same-sex marriage.

In comparison, the search term government shutdown finds 164 articles in major newspapers today, mostly in the US.  The Washington Post has twenty articles today referencing the shutdown, and the New York Times eleven.

None of the exchange articles give a mention to the ongoing debacle of the ObamaCare exchanges, after the federal exchange spent all weekend offline.  No one seems interested in reporting on the massive failure in the greatest expansion of government control in at least a generation, thanks to the distraction of the temporary impasse in spending.  The longer the shutdown goes, the longer the media can focus on it rather than the ObamaCare meltdown.

Small wonder Barack Obama and Harry Reid refuse to negotiate.


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The media will not run anything bad about ObamaCare even if there was not shut down. The media would have a tough time pinning that on the republicans, where as the shutdown gives them time to bash. I do not think without the shut down they would drag ObamaCare over the coals, instead only talk up how great it is. Like they claimed the site crashed due to “traffic” lol.

watertown on October 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM

I’ve heard this argument against the shutdown before, but what sentient conservative thinks that in the absence of the shutdown the news media would be covering the meltdown of Bambicare? They still wouldn’t be touching it, shutdown or no.

Seriously, does anyone disagree with this?

SoRight on October 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM

No one seems interested in reporting on the massive failure in the greatest expansion of government control in at least a generation, thanks to the distraction of the temporary impasse in spending. The longer the shutdown goes, the longer the media can focus on it rather than the ObamaCare meltdown.

I disagree, Ed. The shutdown is a convenient excuse the drive-bys are using. But let’s be honest. In the era of 24 hr news networks and the internet, it’s really not that difficult to cover two major stories simultaneously. If the Obamacare rollout fiasco isn’t getting a lot of media attention, it’s because the Democrat/media complex is burying it. And it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why.

Doughboy on October 7, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Those are newspaper boxes, and if there hadn’t been a shutdown, they would be filled with the latest Kardashian news to give their number one John the same level of protection from the PlaceboCare Epic Fail.

Steve Eggleston on October 7, 2013 at 10:06 AM

nothing’s wrong w/ 0bamacare. Chad got coverage, or applied for coverage, or something. Just ask his dad,

chasdal on October 7, 2013 at 10:08 AM

+1 soright

cmsinaz on October 7, 2013 at 10:08 AM

A quick check on Nexis today supports Beeler’s argument. A search for insurance exchanges health among all major newspapers for today turns up only thirteen articles — and only six inside the US.

Do you really think that the “shut-down” is what caused the MSM to not report on the utter failure and incompetence of the BarkyCare exchanges? Really??

So what was it that stopped the MSM from looking into Benghazi? Heck, they not only didn’t look into it (while Barky and Shrillary had danced on the coffins of the dead, lying their azzes off about everything) but that fat turd, Candy-Eating Crowley, lied about Barky’s position on it during one of the Presidential debates.

The MSM would have given this same coverage of the BarkyCare exchanges, fake shut-down or not. If they had more time on their hands, the MSM would have been publishing more neo-Pravda propaganda about how great the exchanges are.

How many times do some of you people have to experience these things until you understand? WTFF?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 7, 2013 at 10:08 AM

but there’s no cr for obamacare so it’s not being funded at least for a few days….it’ll come back up on the radar pretty soon as they are not able to fix it without it crashing again and again and again

gracie on October 7, 2013 at 10:09 AM

The media will not run anything bad about ObamaCare even

watertown on October 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Had NPR on in the car for a short time last week during several segments that were for purposes, glowing advertisements for the ObamaCare rollout.

At the end of one segment, the NPR reporter credited the story to a non-profit organization in North Carolina working towards “health care solutions.”

In other words, a lobbying group produced a story, sent it to NPR, which ran it as “news.”

PackerBronco on October 7, 2013 at 10:12 AM

BTW, why aren’t PBS and NPR shut down?

PackerBronco on October 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM

I still think this is BS. The media is never going to report anything negative about Obamacare, I don’t care how slow the news day is.

Cindy Munford on October 7, 2013 at 10:14 AM

BTW, why aren’t PBS and NPR shut down?

PackerBronco on October 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Proto-Communists can’t rely solely on “commercial” presstitute organs; they need fully-owned ones as well.

Steve Eggleston on October 7, 2013 at 10:14 AM

PackerBronco on October 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Because that would make conservatives happy.

Cindy Munford on October 7, 2013 at 10:15 AM

The press is just doing what they think is their job – carrying the king’s water and destroying anyone who gets in the king’s way.

UltimateBob on October 7, 2013 at 10:15 AM

To be a park ranger these days… Yogi and Boo boo tackled down by gun wielding thugs, tasered and caged…

Just wondering when these armed Obamabot rangers won’t start catching lead or neighborly blow back on a personal level.

patman77 on October 7, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Amber Alert shutdown…the Obama crime family strikes again…

PatriotRider on October 7, 2013 at 10:23 AM

I’ve heard this argument against the shutdown before, but what sentient conservative thinks that in the absence of the shutdown the news media would be covering the meltdown of Bambicare? They still wouldn’t be touching it, shutdown or no.

Seriously, does anyone disagree with this?

SoRight on October 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM

I complete agreement, consensus…someone tell capt’n

MontanaMmmm on October 7, 2013 at 10:27 AM

No one seems interested in reporting on the massive failure in the greatest expansion of government control in at least a generation, thanks to the distraction of the temporary impasse in spending.

They can’t avoid the truth in the long-run. Setting up an account and enrolling are supposed to be the easy part. Can you imagine what is going to happen when the exchanges actually have to support stuff other than first-time enrollment?

This is why the GOP needs to stand firm and get this government back on track and on a firm fiscal basis.

Happy Nomad on October 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

In

MontanaMmmm on October 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

The MSM is exhibiting the same mindless “useful idiot” syndrome that all have in the past, whether it be communism, Maoism, or Nazism. However, it does offer us a real world example explaining the “how could the German people not know?” question.

People are lazy and stupid by nature, like water, they seek the easiest path to the bottom. To confuse them isn’t hard, as long as you give a consistent message. “What burning Jews? I don’t see any do you? That smell is from a garbage dump we are burning.”

People don’t want to know, people only want it to go away.

The “push” to change America has been a relatively successful effort once the elites got control of the schools. Always the children. If they can turn them they can turn society.

Here is my link to my latest blog. In it is William Buckley’s comments. After you read them, think about this- they were made in 1955. I also included what I think is the best video ever done on explaining who WE are by Bill Whittle. I suggest you give it to everyone who is interested enough to listen.

http://truthandcommonsense.com/2013/10/07/one-of-the-best-articles-on-what-is-happening-between-the-left-and-right-in-amerida-lord-from-am-spec-nails-it/

…But it is not, it was spoken in 1955.

-The other night Mark Levin reminded of something that has been discussed in this space on occasion. That would be the late William F. Buckley Jr.’s “Mission Statement” for National Review. At this exact moment in time it is indeed worth recalling Buckley’s words, with the bold for emphasis provided:

“The inroads that relativism has made on the American soul are not so easily evident. One must recently have lived on or close to a college campus to have a vivid intimation of what has happened. It is there that we see how a number of energetic social innovators, plugging their grand designs, succeeded over the years in capturing the liberal intellectual imagination. And since ideas rule the world, the ideologues, having won over the intellectual class, simply walked in and started to run things.

Run just about everything. There never was an age of conformity quite like this one, or a camaraderie quite like the Liberals’….Conservatives in this country — at least those who have not made their peace with the New Deal, and there is serious question whether there are others — are non-licensed nonconformists; and this is dangerous business in a Liberal world, as every editor of this magazine can readily show by pointing to his scars. Radical conservatives in this country have an interesting time of it, for when they are not being suppressed or mutilated by the Liberals, they are being ignored or humiliated by a great many of those of the well-fed Right, whose ignorance and amorality have never been exaggerated for the same reason that one cannot exaggerate infinity.”

Ouch.–

Yeh, no kidding, ouch. But this shows you THIS Crusade is like the Christian/Islamic Crusades, not over in a week or a month or a year, but ongoing perhaps forever. And why not? We are fighting for the souls and free will of all humans. Something every tyrant, every radical, every dictator, whether he be here or abroad, wants to destroy.

archer52 on October 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

The abomination of DeathCare will be waiting when the current debacle is finally resolved, whatever the final deal might be.

This is simply a breather on the Seelow Heights for the demorat Wehrmacht before 10 Russian armored divisions start rolling in earnest.

Bishop on October 7, 2013 at 10:29 AM

BTW, why aren’t PBS and NPR shut down?

PackerBronco on October 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Essential personnel.

Bitter Clinger on October 7, 2013 at 10:32 AM

If the Obamacare rollout fiasco isn’t getting a lot of media attention, it’s because the Democrat/media complex is burying it. And it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why.

Doughboy on October 7, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Establishment Republicans were bleating that the GOP blew it by giving the lazy stupid coward a “lifeline” by shutting down the government instead of focusing on the problems of the health exchanges and Obamacare.

I’ve never bought that the narrative would be about Obamacare if the government were not “shut down.” We got the warnings of glitches from the administration and the celebration that gay Chad from Chattanooga got far enough to set up an account. But that is about the whole of coverage we would have had with or without a shut down. Without a shut down, the coverage this weekend would be about the SEAL raids, Iran, and the lazy stupid coward’s trip to Asia. With a little bit of discussion about the raising the debt ceiling on the side.

Happy Nomad on October 7, 2013 at 10:33 AM

“the Obama crime family”

PatriotRider on October 7, 2013 at 10:23 AM

That phrase should be formalized: The Obama Crime Family

Josiah on October 7, 2013 at 10:38 AM

“the Obama crime family”

PatriotRider on October 7, 2013 at 10:23 AM

That phrase should be formalized: The Obama Crime Family

Josiah on October 7, 2013 at 10:38 AM

With Barry as the Godfather.

Bitter Clinger on October 7, 2013 at 10:41 AM

That’s Barry-cade Ed.

Viator on October 7, 2013 at 10:42 AM

yep, the shutdown is a distraction from the Ocare failure.

ted c on October 7, 2013 at 10:43 AM

PackerBronco on October 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Off-topic – guess who’s now in Vike Purple. Oh, can this season get any better?

Steve Eggleston on October 7, 2013 at 10:44 AM

The media wouldn’t report on the issues with Obamacare regardless.

When have they ever reported on THE REAL ISSUES?!

Amjean on October 7, 2013 at 10:45 AM

The Obamacare debacle is highly germane to the shutdown – since Obamacare funding is the issue holding up the CR. As such, it should be a major part of the shutdown story. But, the Democrats PR firm (formerly know as the free press) doesn’t want to talk about it. So they don’t. And would find some other distraction to talk about, even in the absence of the shutdown.

besser tot als rot on October 7, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Just remember the mantra of the MSM:

We don’t report it, it didn’t happen! All Hail, the Obamassiah!

GarandFan on October 7, 2013 at 10:47 AM

That’s Barry-cade Ed.

Viator on October 7, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Is Barak-ade an acceptable alternative spelling?

Happy Nomad on October 7, 2013 at 10:49 AM

yep, the shutdown is a distraction from the Ocare failure.

ted c on October 7, 2013 at 10:43 AM

The shutdown is an attempt to mitigate the damage of the Obamacare failure. How is that a distraction? The whole point is that we know Obamacare is and will be a failure, so we’re trying to stop it. We can’t help that Democrats (by that, i mean the press) aren’t anxious to tell the greater public what disastrous results their failed ideology has wrought.

besser tot als rot on October 7, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Irrelevant. Let me tell you as a Massachusetts resident, they had to revamp the Medicaid website after Romneycare and it took them MONTHS to do so.

This shutdown is going to last another 3 weeks at longest. If Massachusetts, a single state with a high percentage of health insurance ownership and a huge high tech sector before Romneycare couldn’t get our own exchanges up and running for months, the hyperinflated incompetence of the federal government means you’re going to be hearing implementation incompetence stories through Labor Day of 2014.

The fact is the media already tried to turn Obamacare into a Day 1 success and they all fell flat on their faces trying to boost it up. That’s why there is deafening silence now. The idiots in the media bought their own spin that government would be ready Day 1m in spite of government never being ready Day 1 at any point in human history.

BKennedy on October 7, 2013 at 10:52 AM

The lefties have their voter base with the blacks, pseudo intellectuals, unions, government freebie grabbers, etc.

There are also many middle class voters who supported Obama in the last election for whatever stupid reason.

However, in the coming months they will be receiving notices from either 1) their employers cutting their hours to 29 per week, 2) their healthcare company saying that their current health care plan doesn’t meet Obamacare standards and has to be replaced by one that costs 2 or 3 times as much or 3) their employer who informs them that they will no longer be offering healthcare.

Who you going to vote for now Sucker?!

Amjean on October 7, 2013 at 10:54 AM

the White House’s favorite barricade

The Communist media

Cleombrotus on October 7, 2013 at 10:58 AM

So without the shutdown the media would be slamming O’care?

Not a chance.

We would be hearing wall-to-wall coverage of the higher than expected demand signaling the first of many triumphs.

mjbrooks3 on October 7, 2013 at 10:58 AM

So, for whatever reasons, both sides seem content with the shutdown.

I now have renewed faith that we can reduce the size of government. This is a great start. Let’s do less more.

Tsar of Earth on October 7, 2013 at 11:07 AM

That phrase should be formalized: The Obama Crime Family

Josiah on October 7, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Ya know, that wouldn’t be so hard to take if Bammy was an honest to God tough, but he’s a wanker punk. It’s salt on the wound.

I’d give my eye teeth for three minutes in the ring with him. And I’m no tough myself.

Cleombrotus on October 7, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Who you going to vote for now Sucker?!

Amjean on October 7, 2013 at 10:54 AM

The people who are going to tell them: Don’t worry, we’ll fix it and charge it to someone else, won’t cost you a dime.

Bishop on October 7, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Off-topic – guess who’s now in Vike Purple. Oh, can this season get any better?

Steve Eggleston on October 7, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Yet another reason to justify giving up on the Vikings long long ago, the management has always been so piss-poor. Another lame QB with ADHD and substance abuse problems.

Bishop on October 7, 2013 at 11:12 AM

That’s Barry-cade Ed.

Viator on October 7, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Is Barak-ade an acceptable alternative spelling?

Happy Nomad on October 7, 2013 at 10:49 AM

http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/10/hah-barrycade-enters-urban-dictionary/

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=barrycade&defid=7207841

davidk on October 7, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Yep – Ed you can stop with this, and tell all the insiders you come into contact with. The press will not report the failure that is Obamacare. But word of mouth is now traveling fast. Too many examples of it not working.

Zomcon JEM on October 7, 2013 at 11:31 AM

So, the intentional messaging from HotAir is that we should all just SHUT UP AND SIT DOWN.

Don’t mention Obama’s dictatorial actions; don’t mention Obama’s unconstitutional actions; don’t mention OBAMACARE — just let it become law without complaint–because if you complain about it, then it distracts from OBAMACARE.

Now, ya got that? Just STFU.

My response: Sorry but no can do.

Any party worth voting for is a party that stands up for something. Right now, the ONLY political party standing up for anything is the Republican Party. That is a reason to cast a vote for them. By your argument, there is no reason to bother.

mountainaires on October 7, 2013 at 11:35 AM

But let’s be honest. In the era of 24 hr news networks and the internet, it’s really not that difficult to cover two major stories simultaneously.

Doughboy on October 7, 2013 at 10:06 AM

For people with normal attention spans, no. For journalists….

PersonFromPorlock on October 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Who cares what Justin Bieber thinks?

Wino on October 7, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Why aren’t Baltimore-Washington Parkway and George Washington Parkway Barrycaded? Chris Plante points out that they are federal roads.

freedomfirst on October 7, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Given the hysterical, vicious and moronic reaction of Barack Obama to what is not a government shutdown but a Temporary 17% Restraint to Runaway Spending I find it hard to believe Obama will benefit from this pathetic thuggery. But then I still can’t believe Obama was re-elected.

Basilsbest on October 7, 2013 at 12:12 PM

If our society ever does reach the point of irrevocable fracture, I would not want to be a main-stream journalist. They deserve every terrible thing that could happen to them.

The Obama Crime Family only exists because of their water-carriers in the media.

CaptFlood on October 7, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Our left-wing rag here in Seattle published an article about how the best children’s hospital in the region is not in the network of 5 (out of 7) plans on the exchange. It’s called the Affordable Care Act, not the Quality Care Act. http://blogs.seattletimes.com/healthcarecheckup/2013/10/04/childrens-hospital-sues-state-over-exclusion-from-exchange-plan-networks/

valentine on October 7, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Why aren’t Baltimore-Washington Parkway and George Washington Parkway Barrycaded? Chris Plante points out that they are federal roads.

Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport are both owned by the federal government and both are open.

fight like a girl on October 7, 2013 at 1:20 PM

I’ve said it before and I will say it again: Any day that this administration is shut down and prevented from ramming through unconstitutional and destructive legislation like Obamadoesn’tCare is a good day!

Once it is implemented in full force there will not even be a chance of it being repealed. And by then it will be too late for traditional America to turn around from the socialist path it is on. It may already be anyway.

Sterling Holobyte on October 7, 2013 at 1:40 PM

“A quick check on Nexis today supports Beeler’s argument. A search for insurance exchanges health among all major newspapers for today turns up only thirteen articles — and only six inside the US. ”

Not to worry. When people finally see the sticker shock of these plans, the high deductibles, the IRS levying bank accounts, garnishing wages, and/or placing liens on homes to collect the fines; and when people begin to realize the longer waits, their long time doctors disappearing, nursing homes and hospitals closing, local health clinics closing, and the death panel kick in to decide who gets the rationed care and who is unworthy–couple of things will probably happen.

More people will renounce their citizenship in order to get better health care and lower taxes in places like Costa Rica that can provide a comfortable life, more freedom than the US has today, and health care that is less expensive and as good as you could get in the US before Obamacare.

Those that decide to stay will not long endure Obamacare.

Unfortunately, by that time this country will be well on it’s way to becoming a Banana Republic.

But I have to believe that once the voters realize they’ve made a huge mistake, they can try to turn it around.

On the other hand, the US has the most under-educated population in the industrial world so these things may not register right away with lab rats disguised as voters. But given enough time, even lab rats can find the cheese.

BMF on October 7, 2013 at 3:04 PM

None of the exchange articles give a mention to the ongoing debacle of the ObamaCare exchanges, after the federal exchange spent all weekend offline. No one seems interested in reporting on the massive failure in the greatest expansion of government control in at least a generation, thanks to the distraction of the temporary impasse in spending. The longer the shutdown goes, the longer the media can focus on it rather than the ObamaCare meltdown.

Small wonder Barack Obama and Harry Reid refuse to negotiate.

In the meantime, as BMF pointed out above, the situation with enrollment snafus will get worse and worse, until the MSM can’t ignore it anymore and has to start reporting.
And all the LIVs will wonder how things got so bad overnight, when everything was going so well!
Kind of like the Germans who suddenly discovered they had lost a war their leaders kept telling them they were winning.
Twice.

AesopFan on October 7, 2013 at 9:34 PM