Halperin: There’s no doubt press failed to scrutinize Obamacare until now

posted at 8:51 pm on November 21, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Laura Ingraham had Time Magazine‘s Mark Halperin on “The O’Reilly Factor” tonight to talk about the magazine’s new cover:

The cover, and what I’ve heard of the story read like, well, this site did about five years ago, and four years ago, and three years ago, and you get the point. But back then, any knock on Obamacare from critics was mean-spirited, lies, fear-mongering, and possibly racist. Ingraham asks about that.

INGRAHAM: That’s part of the issue, is it not? The President always seems to see things in terms of political solutions or political responses. So the response here is we have got to rebrand. We have got to sell it differently. We have to have a new ad, have to have the website have more colors, whatever it is. Isn’t it more of a branding problem? This is a technical problem. It’s a policy problem. It’s a substantive problem. It’s not just about whether Obama’s big legacy is intact or progressive ideas in the future are doing well. These are real concerns that were expressed frankly back in 2008, 2009, and into 2010. Forgive me, but I don’t think Time Magazine was doing cover stories on a lot of concerns that were raised back then that were routinely dismissed by many in the media, ideological, as just mean-spirited, turns out most of the Republican concerns about Obamacare were right.

HALPERIN: Laura, there is no doubt that the press failed to scrutinize this program at the time of passage and during the context of the president’s re-election. Any reporter who would argue otherwise would be putting their head in the sand. As we write in “Double Down,” the problem for the Republicans in the re-election context was you nominated, Republicans nominated Mitt Romney, a guy who was not very well positioned, to say the least, to make the case against Obamacare because he passed the healthcare plan in Massachusetts.

I’m always amazed how detached someone like Halperin can be while criticizing the media for an historic dereliction of duty. He is part of the Washington press corps. As “Game Change” and “Double Down” illustrate, he’s one of those with the highest access. And, yet, he couldn’t possibly ask more questions about Obamacare back when it mattered? No. Because Mitt Romney.

Of course, Mitt Romney was nowhere near the picture when the law passed, so how does he explain that? He doesn’t. Maybe he’ll write a book with all the dirt in it a couple years from now and make a bunch of money on the HBO adaptation. Journalism.

Laura presses and he blames Mitt Romney again, but again mentions it got no scrutiny at passage, when Romney was not a factor. WHAT IS THE POINT OF YOU, MARK HALPERIN?

HALPERIN: Barack Obama knew he wasn’t going to run for re-election defending the program. Part of the flaws of the way the media works. If the candidates aren’t talking about it gets less coverage. No doubt a disservice was done to the country and to liberals. It didn’t get scrutiny on passage and then again when the president was running for re-election. Our cover story in the magazine lays all this out just how deep the president’s predicament is now politically and substantively.

Now you tell us.

Update: I’m having a technical problem with the video but will have it up for you ASAP. (Fixed!)

Meanwhile, liberals huddled at the White House with Barack Obama. I would love to be a fly on the wall at this meeting. First to see everyone look at Juan like, “Who the heck invited him? He works for Fox.” Second, to see if Ezra Klein or any of them had the guts to ask this guy how he managed to so thoroughly ruin the biggest liberal entitlement program in decades that even the likes of Klein himself can barely defend it.

President Obama held an off-the-record meeting with MSNBC hosts and liberal pundits on Thursday, POLITICO has learned.

Present at the meeting: MSNBC’s Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell, Washington Post economics blogger Ezra Klein, Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn, Talking Points Memo editor and publisher Josh Marshall, ThinkProgress editor-in-chief Judd Legum, Atlantic senior editor Garance Franke-Ruta, Salon political writer Brian Beutler and Fox News contributor Juan Williams.

The participants agreed to an off-the-record classification for the meeting, though sources familiar with President Obama’s remarks said that Williams later appeared on Fox News and cited some of the president’s remarks, which he attributed to administration officials.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment regarding the meeting.

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I am willing to compromise …

… for every member of the MSM deported, we grant amnesty to 100 illegal aliens.

Let’s see how sympathetic the talking heads are to “the plight of the illegals” then!

PolAgnostic on November 21, 2013 at 8:57 PM

video isnt embedded properly

Flapjackmaka on November 21, 2013 at 8:58 PM

video isnt embedded properly

Flapjackmaka on November 21, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Yep, trying to fix/find another embed.

Mary Katharine Ham on November 21, 2013 at 8:59 PM

the press has been and currently is…
criminally liable……in all things BHO..

going2mars on November 21, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Halperin: There’s no doubt press failed to scrutinize Obamacare until now

And the only reason “now” applies is because this was too much of a screw up that they could ignore.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 21, 2013 at 9:01 PM

too bad there is no video of yet another secret meeting.
the embed will be repeated in a couple hours.
The real question for you Mary Katherine and Laura is
Where the f93k are the real journalists?
Should I now invest in Project Veritas to get some real investigative journalism?

seesalrun2 on November 21, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Present at the meeting: MSNBC’s Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell, Washington Post economics blogger Ezra Klein, Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn, Talking Points Memo editor and publisher Josh Marshall, ThinkProgress editor-in-chief Judd Legum, Atlantic senior editor Garance Franke-Ruta, Salon political writer Brian Beutler and Fox News contributor Juan Williams.

And an aide issued them all new knee pads with OCARE emblems.

docflash on November 21, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Halperin: There’s no doubt press failed to scrutinize Obamacare until now

Get a clue, Mark.

Cleombrotus on November 21, 2013 at 9:03 PM

There’s no doubt press failed to scrutinize Obamacare until now

Yeah

VibrioCocci on November 21, 2013 at 9:03 PM

An amateur with a fawning press. We’re so screwed.

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 21, 2013 at 9:05 PM

think maybe NOW LAT will release the video they have of obama?
nah, no sense doing journalism this late in the game.

dmacleo on November 21, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Derp.
You’re about six years late, genius.

RovesChins on November 21, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Racist!

talkingpoints on November 21, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Halperin in old paid for and entrenched. Time for some new blood no?
And best watch your back all that try. Cool link at drudge with the war with the photogs today…..

We rely on you guys to get to the truth to spread. You cower. Afraid of NSA or IRS or jsu what I don’t know, but if I had your power I would put Country first.

Get Brave. Corral your Courage and break free from this crap. We all get it, you just fail to report it.

seesalrun2 on November 21, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Halperin: There’s no doubt press failed to scrutinize Obamacare until now

FTFY.

nukemhill on November 21, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Halperin: There’s no doubt press failed to scrutinize Obamacare until now

Get a clue, Mark.

Cleombrotus on November 21, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Heh.

There’s no doubt press failed to scrutinize Obamacare until now

Yeah

VibrioCocci on November 21, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Double-heh.

Great minds think alike.

nukemhill on November 21, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Ouch. Can’t edit. I didn’t capture your strikes.

Oh, well. Obama’s not worth it.

nukemhill on November 21, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Juan will spill to Ailes or Hume.

Either Barry knows that, or they’re testing him.

Halperin’s problem is he has to say it’s the GOP’s fault, or else he’s admitting Morning Joe and Charlie Rose, the serious outlets, are Demming Fronts.

So it has to be because the GOP somehow mucked it up by stepping on the message, or getting in the way. Something.

The question to Halperin should have been -

“OK, if it wasn’t Romney, if it was Newt, Santo or Perry, are you telling me the MSM would have actually looked at 0Care because they brought it up?

Because Romney had nothing to do with the Stimulus or Benghazi, and you didn’t bother to look into those issues.

In fact, you’re MSM brethren defended Obama on those fronts”.

Reality is, the media is only covering 0Care because it’s undeniable and affecting millions. Otherwise, they would be onto Iran or wtf ever else.

budfox on November 21, 2013 at 9:13 PM

No doubt a disservice was done to the country and to liberals.

Note that those are two distinct, and increasingly separate, categories. The Venn Diagram showing the shared grouping is getting microscopically small.

nukemhill on November 21, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Ignore my typos but Je#s#u Christ,
In my business I would skewer the guy with his own words and deeds.(Halperin) You gave him yet another pass. Bout time you all step up and go for the gusto.

No longer time for the weenies. You already lost them to their consistent check in the mail.

We want warriors. In the press, in business and in society in general. I believe we are ready to fight for our Country, our Heritage and our Values.

F35k with me, and and I’ll be ok, until you try to take my personal property and my freedom to live my life as I see fit.

I see Government infringing on both, subtly but transparently. I will resist.

seesalrun2 on November 21, 2013 at 9:17 PM

“But, but … Bush!” is now being replaced by “But, but … Romney!”

You didn’t think they’d find a way to still play victim, but there you go. Proof positive that a Lefty will never, ever, ever simply take responsibility.

nukemhill on November 21, 2013 at 9:19 PM

So the response here is we have got to rebrand. We have got to sell it differently.

Rebrand, refraud, remarket.

VorDaj on November 21, 2013 at 9:19 PM

halpren is just blaming the victim, like any typical DC bully. But

This is going to get so grim. Juan Williams was practically giddy on the Five, having just touched the Master…he had thee Message from the Master…Utopia is just around the corner, the website will be fixed and They will come. Juan is a Believer.

but of course the reality will be grim. I see hospitals required to participate, like Johns Hopkins. I see employers eager to dump their employees off of their plans. And, the docs will be pissed and stop working.

The downward forces that barry has put in place are significant. Two tiers will emerge. Good employers, Big Business, will be able to offer good plans. Everyone else will be on essentially Medicaid Plus.

One of the grossest things about single payer is the dirtiness. NHS hospitals are dirty. Ugh.

r keller on November 21, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Reality is, the media is only covering 0Care because it’s undeniable and affecting millions. Otherwise, they would be onto Iran or wtf ever else.

budfox on November 21, 2013 at 9:13 PM

I have nothing to add.

KCB on November 21, 2013 at 9:21 PM

the problem for the Republicans in the re-election context was you nominated, Republicans nominated Mitt Romney, a guy who was not very well positioned, to say the least, to make the case against Obamacare because he passed the healthcare plan in Massachusetts.

Rick Santorum tried to make that very point during the Republican primary… that Romney was uniquely disqualified as a candidate to take on Obamacare.

ITguy on November 21, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Hey Mark,,,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9QV4TCEEXs&feature=youtube_gdata_player.

About sums it up in 26 seconds.

wolly4321 on November 21, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Present at the meeting: MSNBC’s Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell, Washington Post economics blogger Ezra Klein, Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn, Talking Points Memo editor and publisher Josh Marshall, ThinkProgress editor-in-chief Judd Legum, Atlantic senior editor Garance Franke-Ruta, Salon political writer Brian Beutler and Fox News contributor Juan Williams.

These people meet in private to talk strategy and talking points with an officeholder… How can anyone take them seriously as journalists?

mankai on November 21, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Rick Santorum tried to make that very point during the Republican primary… that Romney was uniquely disqualified as a candidate to take on Obamacare.

ITguy on November 21, 2013 at 9:21 PM

This. And Rick Santorum was right.

Stoic Patriot on November 21, 2013 at 9:29 PM

HALPERIN: Laura, there is no doubt that the press failed to scrutinize this program at the time of passage and during the context of the president’s re-election. Any reporter who would argue otherwise would be putting their head in the sand.

Doesn’t he mean “back in the sand”?
Or was it not the sand their heads were in before?

Is someone keeping close tabs on the numbers? On January 2, 2014, the first thing I want to hear is how many more people were insured on 1-1-14 than on 1-1-13.

How about a t-shirt for Christmas:

Obama Lied
a) people lost their insurance
b) people lost their doctors
c) people died
e) all of the above

drwilliams on November 21, 2013 at 9:36 PM

“failed to scrutinize”…no.

They fully and enthusiastically advocated it! THEY enabled this to happen. If not for their sycophantic, thrill up the leg, teenage girl at a Bieber concert type fanaticism of Obama and his Socialist regime, we wouldn’t be neck deep in ShlT in Obamaville right now.

Meople on November 21, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Present at the meeting: MSNBC’s Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell, Washington Post economics blogger Ezra Klein, Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn, Talking Points Memo editor and publisher Josh Marshall, ThinkProgress editor-in-chief Judd Legum, Atlantic senior editor Garance Franke-Ruta, Salon political writer Brian Beutler and Fox News contributor Juan Williams.

These people meet in private to talk strategy and talking points with an officeholder… How can anyone take them seriously as journalists?

mankai on November 21, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Did anyone take them seriously as journalists before the off-the-record pep talk?

slickwillie2001 on November 21, 2013 at 9:39 PM

A word about that Time cover: BROKEN PROMISE What It Means For This Presidency. I understand that for the media, as always, it’s all about Obama, Obama. But just once, I’d like to see somebody ask: BROKEN PROMISE What It Means For This Country.

TarheelBen on November 21, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Halperin: There’s no doubt press failed to scrutinize Obamacare until now

Annnd…now we’re done – and moving on to the JFK story. Hey, doesn’t Michelle Obama remind you of Jackie Kennedy? Doesn’t Obama’s courage in fighting for the poor remind you of JFK and civil rights?

kcewa on November 21, 2013 at 10:01 PM

MITT ROMNEY
Why Obama Won.

Steveangell on November 21, 2013 at 10:08 PM

These people meet in private to talk strategy and talking points with an officeholder… How can anyone take them seriously as journalists?

mankai on November 21, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Not the first time they’ve done it, you may recall.

A meeting with (quasi-)conservative journalists was for propaganda purposes.

AesopFan on November 21, 2013 at 10:13 PM

I’ve had all I can stands… I can’t stands anymore…

2Tru2Tru on November 21, 2013 at 10:19 PM

TarheelBen on November 21, 2013 at 9:55 PM

No kidding.

notropis on November 21, 2013 at 10:27 PM

This wasn’t a failure, it was a conspiracy. The fawning media had their collective heads so far up Obama’s bum they could only breath when Obama passed gas.

Now with their phony mea culpa they are looking for sympathy from the public and they don’t deserve it. I hope all of them end up on Obamacare.

banzaibob on November 21, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Impeach the media!

They “failed to scrutinize Obamacare,” because they were too busy cheer-leading for it. Most of these people went into journalism to see themselves bringing down the likes of Richard Nixon. Well, now the crooked politicians are Clinton and Obama, but not George W. Bush, and they’re struggling to look at themselves in the mirror.

flataffect on November 21, 2013 at 10:41 PM

That would be you, Mr. Halperin, you dopey little liberal.

Jaibones on November 21, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Good points, Mary Katherine.

Alana on November 21, 2013 at 10:58 PM

No doubt a disservice was done to the country and to liberals.

Halperin thinks ‘liberals’ and ‘the country’ are two separate things?

socalcon on November 21, 2013 at 11:07 PM

The “Fly on the Wall” reports that King Barack berated his minions for not properly ‘selling’ ObamaCare to the peons.

They promised The Lord Obamassiah that they would try harder in the coming weeks.

GarandFan on November 21, 2013 at 11:32 PM

I still don’t hear the urgency in these mea culpas.

If this were Bush, we’d be hearing every hour ..

Joe Average lost his medical coverage .. how is this bad for the President ?

J_Crater on November 22, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Present at the meeting: MSNBC’s Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell, Washington Post economics blogger Ezra Klein, Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn, Talking Points Memo editor and publisher Josh Marshall, ThinkProgress editor-in-chief Judd Legum, Atlantic senior editor Garance Franke-Ruta, Salon political writer Brian Beutler and Fox News contributor Juan Williams.

The FNC report I saw showed Sharpton attending too.

Williams looked pathetic leaving that meeting.

Was the meeting anything like a gathering of Nazi journalists in the Hitler’s bunker as the Allies approached Berlin?

BuckeyeSam on November 22, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Buddy, pull Mr. Obama’s pants down in righteous disclosure or wait for the accountability of the journalist apocalypse. It’s coming inexorably. It will not be as tame as past reactions to disclosures of lying in the service of a cause. I’d be very concerned.

Mason on November 22, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Even the left leaning ‘Economist’ magazine from the UK sees the obvious regarding our President….

The credibility of Barack Obama is imploding.

The credibility of the Big Government / Progressive-fascist agenda is imploding.

The credibility of the lapdog sycophants in the mainstream media Ministry of Truth has already imploded.

Athos on November 22, 2013 at 1:05 AM

The credibility of the lapdog sycophants in the mainstream media Ministry of Truth has already imploded.

Athos on November 22, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Whatever happens,
they have got
the megaphone,
and we have not.

That’s the source of their power. Their credibility gets blown up repeatedly, but they still own the media and they are still the script writers and the talking heads. So they just wait for the suckers to get lost in the Matrix again. And eventually that is what happens.

Repeal the Hollywood tax cuts.

And that’s just for starters.

David Blue on November 22, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Part of the flaws of the way the media works. If the candidates aren’t talking about it gets less coverage. No doubt a disservice was done to the country and to liberals.

How very odd, I seem to remember the story of eleven reports sent to dumpster dive in Alaska over the announcement of Sarah Palin as VP nominee. I seem to remember hordes of press following Cindy Sheehan around constantly during the Bush administration. CINDY SHEEHAN! How much ink did we get about Valarie Plame and her goofy husband? The truth is probably that the press is every bit as stupid as the public that relies on it. They are the ones who think everything will be alright if it is presented in the right colors and the right remarks, supplied to them by the cool people. Never once did they look into the consequences that people with actual knowledge on the subject of healthcare kept warning them about. AND now that the truth is crashing around their heads, they still ignore what it is doing to actual people and only care what it does to Obama and his party. They have actually spent more time dissecting the lives of those hurt by Obamacare, who have had gall to publicize it, to show that they are tea party racists.

Cindy Munford on November 22, 2013 at 6:31 AM

You see any journalists fired or quit for not doing their job in reporting on Obama or ObamaCare?

No.
It is mission accomplished for them and Obama…so tough cookies for all us Americans that have to live with the consequences of the disaster that hit the US known as Barack Obama.

albill on November 22, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Was the meeting anything like a gathering of Nazi journalists in the Hitler’s bunker as the Allies approached Berlin?

BuckeyeSam on November 22, 2013 at 12:33 AM

I imagine it as the cult leaders meeting in a sweaty shack in Guyana as they discuss with Jim Jones whether or not they’ve ordered enough Kool-Aid.

AZCoyote on November 22, 2013 at 7:38 AM

So will the press be falling all over themselves apologizing for not throughly scrutinizing the health care law the way the couldn’t wait to publish apologies for the Iraq War? I think not…

crazywater on November 22, 2013 at 8:04 AM

And these journalists ARE STILL LYING AND OBFUSCATING FOR THIS LIBERAL BS.
Think back Mark , you dishonest pos, late June 2012, GOING INTO THE CONVENTIONS – Roberts ruled for SCOTUS- obamacare was constitutional. June. And they will continue to lie. NOTHING will change that.
Remember that ? XxxxCare was no longer an issue, except for the avid conservative.
And also mark , I don’t think the Republican Party as a whole did angry better than Romney than unseating incumbents.
So putting this on Romney ” ineffective ness” is plain dishonest bull $hit.

But that’s just how you lefties roll……….

FlaMurph on November 22, 2013 at 8:14 AM