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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 > http://migre.me/IpKBless 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.”

Why?

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”?

Update:

@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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Rock on Karl.

BJ* on May 25, 2010 at 11:27 PM

Tapper usually seems fair, though he is clearly a liberal…but he blew this one. Someone got to him. I’m not sure if he banished the term ObamaCare in response to pressure from the WH that he would tweet about it. I think he let the cat out of the bag with that one tweet.

AUINSC on May 25, 2010 at 11:28 PM

Other users include DKos, according to Allah.

I notice ABC News has no problem with “Birthers”.

amerpundit on May 25, 2010 at 11:31 PM

I’m sure the horse’s head he found in his bed has nothing to do with it….

Thug-ocracy.

cthulhu on May 25, 2010 at 11:41 PM

Oh, come on! He rolled over when ordered to like the good little leftard he is.

Blake on May 25, 2010 at 11:46 PM

amerpundit on May 25, 2010 at 11:31 PM,

The KosKids use it a lot.

Karl on May 25, 2010 at 11:59 PM

He bans “Obamacare” as pejorative, yet has defended “teabagger”.

I used to think he was that rare journalist with a sense of ethics.

malclave on May 26, 2010 at 12:16 AM

malclave on May 26, 2010 at 12:16 AM,

Actually, I don;t think Tapper has defended use of the term “teabagger,” unless I’ve missed something.

Aside: Obama used the term “Obamacare” during his Potemkin summit with the GOP.

Karl on May 26, 2010 at 12:34 AM

He likes to think he’s the big “watchdog”, but he’s a fraud. He doesn’t report on even a small fraction of what should be covered about this administration. Don’t be fooled — he’s a sheep in wolf’s clothing.

mr.blacksheep on May 26, 2010 at 6:46 AM

And here I thought Obamacare was supposed to be the savior of all men, everybody would love it once you found out what was in it. Apparently not and Obamacare has a taint attached to it — As in which end do you want your Obamacare?

Agree with the Tapper poser-fraud thing. For a while Tapper was good, then he took on a sheen, of a stayed way too long oil spill commander. I stopped reading his crap, way back.

What we need is a real reporter in there. Someone like Ed!!!

tarpon on May 26, 2010 at 7:01 AM

He bans “Obamacare” as pejorative, yet has defended “teabagger”.

I used to think he was that rare journalist with a sense of ethics.

malclave on May 26, 2010 at 12:16 AM

Can Jake start calling angry people who demanded he remove the supposedly offensive health care term from his Twitter feed “Obamabaggers”? Seems like a reasonable compromise.

jon1979 on May 26, 2010 at 8:14 AM

State run media . They regime has figured out that Obamacare reveals to much about who’s responsible for it , so the media cant use it.
Orwell called , he wants his dystopia back.

the_nile on May 26, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Lol…attaching the name of the President to his ‘biggest accomplishment’ is pejorative.

That’s rich.

Asher on May 26, 2010 at 8:37 AM

Maybe use National Socialist Healthcare instead?

Insert witty screen name here on May 26, 2010 at 8:37 AM

Hilarious. I don’t know if it’s pejorative, but “Obamacare” is a derisive term. Our famously thin-skinned Dear Leader must be irked by our mocking his plan for our salvation.

GTR640 on May 26, 2010 at 8:43 AM

I agree with Tapper on this one. It’s like when they call it Bush’s War in Iraq. Definitely a pejorative.

It conveys the notion that Obama is controlling your care. Which is true, he is, but it’s still a pejorative, otherwise we wouldn’t enjoy using it so much.

OTOH, the word “reform” has a positive connotation and shouldn’t be used either.

commodore on May 26, 2010 at 8:46 AM

The administration is just trying to distance themselves from Obamacare as the elections draw near.

NYconservative on May 26, 2010 at 8:55 AM

The official Regime term is “Affordable Care”.

forest on May 26, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Symantic gymnastics… a tu#d’s a tu#d by any other name.

Deckard on May 26, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Perhaps they want to save “ObamaCare” for the even more awesome program he has in store for us once “Democrat-passed Health Care Cluster F&#K” destroys the rest of the current system.

JadeNYU on May 26, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Everyone knows that Obama-care is a contradiction in terms.

the_nile on May 26, 2010 at 9:06 AM

It’s a branding issue. The White House loves these stupid little brands, like insisting on calling the tiny tax cut they gave some people last year the “Making Work Pay Tax Credit.” They want the health care law referred to by its “proper name” so they can put the “brand” on all of their PR and websites and such. This is some kind of professional PR bullshit invented by David Axelrod. It’s all part of their Orwellian “Newspeak.”

rockmom on May 26, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Feel free to use Teabagger…

Caper29 on May 26, 2010 at 9:15 AM

A klutzy move by @jaketapper. Says more about Obamacare being terrible than that it expresses neutrality. Tapper also doesn’t get the part about the offended really wanting that bill to be couched in language as some kind of glorious, serious achievement.

SarahW on May 26, 2010 at 9:16 AM

From here on out, the bill must be referred to “The health care bill that shall not be named.”

Ian on May 26, 2010 at 9:18 AM

How about “SovietCare“? Presumably, Alexander Solzhenitsyn can be counted as a credible witness to history.

Buy Danish on May 26, 2010 at 9:20 AM

I have always thought we should call it GovernmentCare in order to fully express the efficiency and compassion with which it will be carried out.

TedInATL on May 26, 2010 at 9:22 AM

How about CommiCare?

Thune on May 26, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Nope, if it was popular everyone in the Obama Administration would be calling it Obamacare. So it’s Obamacare, live with it suckahs!.

Caper29 on May 26, 2010 at 9:45 AM

HusseinPanels.

the_nile on May 26, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Whoa! All caps from AP? Is the alpha-butterfly emerging once again?

MechEng5by5 on May 26, 2010 at 9:47 AM

ObamaCare, ObamaCare, ObamaCare, ObamaCare, ObamaCare….

d1carter on May 26, 2010 at 10:00 AM

HusseinObamaCare

faraway on May 26, 2010 at 10:15 AM

They know Obamacare is a huge sucking hole, they can’t get his name off of it fast enough. Too bad, it’s your legacy Mr. President.

Cindy Munford on May 26, 2010 at 10:16 AM

GTR640 on May 26, 2010 at 8:43 AM

commodore on May 26, 2010 at 8:46 AM

I invite you to click on the HuffPo link in the original post, or the Kos Kids link in the comments. Folks on the left use the term frequently. Those objecting to Tapper are hypersensitive, and he caved to them. That’s why I included my update — the word “reform” literally means improvement — certainly debatable in this context — so hyper-sensitivity should cause Tapper to drop the word. Think he will? Me neither.

Karl on May 26, 2010 at 10:19 AM

I invite you to click on the HuffPo link in the original post, or the Kos Kids link in the comments. Folks on the left use the term frequently. Those objecting to Tapper are hypersensitive, and he caved to them. That’s why I included my update — the word “reform” literally means improvement — certainly debatable in this context — so hyper-sensitivity should cause Tapper to drop the word. Think he will? Me neither.

Karl on May 26, 2010 at 10:19 AM

They’re not hypersensitive, they know it kills him among independents. It’s a tactical pr move. And tapper gets on his knees when the regime asks him to.

the_nile on May 26, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Tapper is not really fair minded. He is a tool of the left and will protect the admin as much as he can get away with until exposed. Thanks Karl. I haven’t read his blog for at least 8 months. it would have been a good waste of time.

atiem on May 26, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Journalism is irredeemable. There are no honest or objective journalists within the chain gang of the MSM. It’s a mistake to think any one of them have escaped or can escape their ideological fetters.

rrpjr on May 26, 2010 at 10:51 AM

It’s funny when the wind blows Tapper’s skirt up and we clearly see that he’s a liberal. He’s better at journalism than almost any other liberal in the high-profile media, but he’s not “good” at it in the traditional definition.

Salon. Heh.

Jaibones on May 26, 2010 at 10:58 AM

So when is Barry going to do that 50 state tour ‘selling’ ObamaCare?

GarandFan on May 26, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Tapper is a tweep.

moochy on May 26, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Everyone just needs to call it what it is- Obama’s Waterloo.

canditaylor68 on May 26, 2010 at 11:36 AM

It’s only pejorative because the plan sucks. There are a few Leftists that attempt to use the “Bush Tax Cuts” as an insult, but nobody is buying that because tax cuts work.

Asher on May 26, 2010 at 11:55 AM

I’m sure they’re working on a way to claim the term is racist, they’re just having a little trouble with it. In the spirit of bipartisanship, I would like to suggest…the term Obamacare is racist because “Obama” rhymes with “yo’ mama” a phrase commonly regarded by white people as urban slang and so “Obamacare” is actually just another example of hidden racism.

Infidoll on May 26, 2010 at 12:01 PM

You could call it Voldemortcare, I suppose.

Mr. D on May 26, 2010 at 12:52 PM

They could just call it the “National Mandatory Purchase of a Private Product and Incentives for Companies to Stop Providing it at a Discount Act of 2009″.

Merovign on May 26, 2010 at 2:55 PM

malclave on May 26, 2010 at 12:16 AM,

Actually, I don;t think Tapper has defended use of the term “teabagger,” unless I’ve missed something.

Karl on May 26, 2010 at 12:34 AM

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/05/president-obama-gop-opposition-to-stimulus-helped-to-create-the-teabaggers.html

The Update presently on that page appears different than I remember. However, since I can’t find a link to a previous version, I withdraw my comment, since my memory could be faulty.

malclave on May 26, 2010 at 5:31 PM

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