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ABC’s Jake Tapper bans “Obamacare” from his blog; Update: Clarification

posted at 11:18 pm on May 25, 2010 by

For a guy from Salon, Jake Tapper has struck me as someone who has been very conscientious as the White House correspondent for ABC News. He usually is trying to be a watchdog, even when his colleagues are content to be lapdogs. That does not make the story coming from his Twitter feed tonight any less odd. That story starts here:

Sebelius Defends Obamacare, Files First Response to State Challenge, from @ArianedeVogue > than a minute ago via UberTwitter

However, if you look at the story now, it’s headlined: “Sebelius Defends Health Care Reform Law, Files First Response to State Challenge.”


Some liberal tweeps objecting to use of term “Obamacare” by contributor to my blog. No offense was intended by her, but we will change.less than a minute ago via UberTwitter

Others, including Allahpundit and the Daily Caller’s Jim Treacher, questioned the change, earning this response:

@allahpundit @jtlol I try to be respectful to both sides. Some find that term pejorative. End of story. Take it up with the WH + Dems.less than a minute ago via UberTwitter

The shift from “liberal tweeps” to “WH + Dems” is, er, interesting — but I think that if Tapper had been leaned on about this by the White House, he would be writing a post about it, rather than caving into the complaints.

Rather, I am rather baffled that liberals are complaining about calling the new law “Obamacare.” First off:

How can it be a pejorative if OBAMA’S PROUD OF THE BILL?less than a minute ago via Seesmic

Indeed. Are liberals thinking that our totally awesome president is being tarred by association with the legislation he insisted on ramming through Congress? Or are they thinking that the most high-minded, right-thinking, socially progressive, impressively pragmatic piece of legislation to pass Congress in decades is being tarred by an association with the most high-minded, right-thinking, socially progressive, impressively pragmatic presidient evah? Neither of those positions makes much sense, which may be why the term “Obamacare” has never seemed to bother… the HuffPo. What term will Tapper scrub next? The “Bush tax cuts”?


@DrewMTips @justkarl Since “reform” defined indicates improvement, can we object to the use of the term “Health Care Reform”?less than a minute ago via Seesmic

Update (AP): Evidently there isn’t a full ban on “ObamaCare” on the blog. Commenters are still free to use it, etc.

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