The MSM Didn’t See Obamacrash Coming Because It Didn’t Want To See It Coming
Bill Quick

Dropped Coverage – Trudy Lieberman – POLITICO Magazine

But a June report by the Government Accountability Office failed to sound the alarm, noting dryly: “Much progress has been made, but much remains to be accomplished within a relatively short amount of time”—and the coverage of it was accordingly muted. POLITICO did note that “IT could end up being health reform’s highest hurdle.” The Washington Post, in August, and the New York Times, in late September, highlighted problems with the state exchanges, but not the more serious internal concerns about HealthCare.gov. Overall, the press was not very prescient, not just about the ACA’s looming tech problems, but also in informing readers and viewers about this admittedly complicated bill’s downstream consequences.

POLITICO inadvertently highlights the primary reason the mainstream media is so lousy at actually reporting news:  Even under administrations with which it disagrees ideologically, it tends to take government statements as being the gold standard.

Thus they will report something or other as being “unconfirmed,” unless or until some government spokesman or handout “confirms” the item.  That’s all it takes, a mere statement.  No need to check further, because, after all, it is a government confirmation.   As if governments never, ever lie.

Oh, sure, if we are talking about an issue in which the media disagrees with a government, say, during a GOP scandal, then every word coming from the government will be carefully vetted and checked to a fare-thee-well.  Otherwise, the government says the unemployment rate dropped by some huge percentage for no discernible reason?  No need to check.  Good as gold.  Because government.

Until the MSM starts checking all government statements, even from politicians, agencies, and administrations of which it approves, starting with the assumption that those statements are not only not confirmations, but may be outright lies, will we begin to see real news reporting.

Which probably means not in our lifetimes. 

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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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The MSM Didn’t See Obamacrash Coming Because It Didn’t Want To See It Coming — 4 Comments

  1. These days, even the very few individuals among the Mostly Slimy Mugwumps who are even occasionally other than totally in the tank for All Things Leftish, The More The Better have a distinct resemblance to the drunk who was looking for his lost car keys under the streetlamp on the corner, even though he lost ‘em somewhere up the alley a block or so, ’cause the light’s much better down there.

    Overall, the press was not very prescient…

    Overall, standard mode: Prescience (along with useful intelligence) is for those who wish to find actual Facts and report same – unnecessary, and often a hindrance, for those who wish to find nothing but preconceived notions or worse.

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