According to Kevin Sack of the New York Times, “The White House on Wednesday declined to challenge an account in a new book that suggests that President Obama, in his campaign to overhaul American health care, mischaracterized a central anecdote about his mother’s deathbed dispute with her insurance company.”
Yet, as Rich Noyes (who alerted me to the above) notes, “ABC, CBS and NBC have yet to mention Scott’s now-undisputed account, drawn from a review of Ms. Dunham’s [Obama’s mother] correspondence with the insurance company“. Throughout “the 2008 campaign” and in his “push for ObamaCare”, those networks repeated his claim that when his mother “was sick with terminal cancer, she had to fight with insurance companies to ‘pay for her treatment.’”
We now have the White House refusing to challenge evidence of his misrepresenting the facts in order to push through unpopular legislation. When there were just allegations (none substantiated) that the president’s predecessor lied us into war, the media all but made a martyr of the long-since discredited accuser.
Had the media treated Barack Obama as they treated George W. Bush, they would be rifling through all his statements on his mother’s illness and in support of his health care overhaul to see what other lies he told mischaracterizations he made.
And now those pundits and talking heads who refuse to look into allegation of Obama’s misrepresentations are celebrating him as the “the adult in the room” in the battle over the debt ceiling, even though the Democrat has yet to offer his own plan to cut spending — or even to provide an actual plan to support his April 13 budget speech.
Why is a media so obsessed with the color of Sarah Palin’s stockings so heistant to look into the president’s misrepresentations and manufactured statistics and so reluctant to excoriate him for his failure to offer a plan to address our nation’s pressing fiscal problems (problems which his policies exacerbated)?