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Ed Driscoll

Time Magazine Editor Admits that Time-Warner-CNN-HBO Has Failed

November 21st, 2013 - 7:08 pm

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Yes, of course — but allow me to narrow things down a bit.

We already mentioned Time magazine’s cover story titled “Broken Promise” earlier today; on the O’Reilly Factor tonight, as Mary Katharine Ham notes at Hot Air, Laura Ingraham interviewed Mark Halperin, Time magazine editor-at-large, and also the co-author of Game Change and Double-Down, on the 2008 and 2012 elections, to explore the story’s ramifications:

INGRAHAM: 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.

Wow, that’s some magical power that Romney has. He didn’t clinch the GOP’s nomination until May of 2012, and yet somehow, according to Halperin, looking for any excuse possible to pass the buck, Romney singlehandedly prevented the media from not scrutinizing Obamacare before and when it was passed in March of 2010. Who knew Bain was building a time machine?

Halperin goes on to tell Ingraham:

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.

That’s…nice…I suppose, after the fact. But during the run-up to Obamacare’s passage, when a dissenting old media voice might have had some impact, Katie Couric, then with CBS, was reading poetry on the air on its behalf, ABC was running infomercials on its behalf, and HBO and CNN, both owned by the same conglomerate as Halperin’s Time magazine were doing the DNC’s bidding by insulting any of its detractors as racists, and CNN was inviting high school kids into the studio to sing pro-Obamacare propaganda, when they weren’t baking cakes to promote the “Stimulus” program:

Mary Katharine adds, “I’m always amazed how detached someone like Halperin can be while criticizing the media for an historic dereliction of duty.” I’m not — the news media’s transformation from at least feigning to be objective, to hardcore cheerleaders for President Obama and his programs was a stunning demise in their reputation, and anything now to salvage their well-deserved lack of trust is far too little, and far too late.

Update: After Halperin’s admission that Time magazine failed to vet the president’s signature program, their new cover cries out to be Photoshopped:

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Related: “In the meantime, we must accept that we, the press, have been enablers.” Admitting the problem is merely first step in coming to terms with your addiction. The road to recovery is a long and slow one, MSM.

Flashback: Time Magazine’s latest cover: “Broken Promise.” Time magazine’s cover in 2009, when it could have had actually made a difference? “Paging Dr. Obama.” complete with Obama wearing a lab coat and stethoscope, just the sort of image the administration would have asked for.

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Exactly. It's like one of those apologies from a real jerk that goes, "I'm sorry if you felt hurt."
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"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."

It goes much further back than that. It's not just a failure to take a closer look at Obamacare, it was a failure to take a long, hard look at the person whose name makes up part of that label. It was a failure to refrain from choosing sides during the presidential campaigns and on policy debates. It was absolute dereliction of the press' traditional duty, and for that they can never be forgiven.
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There is no recovery for the mainstream media. In their current incarnations, they're doomed. May God and the Internet continue to speed them to a well-deserved oblivion.
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We certainly are a blessed country - the dems invested a decade in preparing for this opportunity including how to accelerate the benefits and delay the pain (including the ability to give arbitrary waivers when the unexpected happens) yet still they've managed to show their true colors before an election.

Now someone needs to remind the young and childless (who visit the doctor all of six times between the ages of 18 and 32) that they are the ones paying this bill - where 5.75 of those visits are the young ladies getting prescriptions for their b.c. - that most every other place in the world is available from a pharmacist, or over the counter - for less than $50 a year (and would be the same here even with a prescription from Wal-Mart (i.e. $4 a month) if we gave those drugs vaccine-like protection from more than actual damages when sued). And given how healthy they are, a 10K catastrophic coverage policy for the young would be just a few hundred dollars a year.

We need to make it clear to the young that the Democratic Party has treated them as gullible fools. Perhaps ads showing the amount of the check they each are writing for other's health care along side the name of every dem candidate on a ballot. Perhaps effusive praise for what good citizens they are providing the funds for all these transfer payments.
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The only reason the main stream media is saying anything against Obamacare now is that their credibility with middle class America is tanking as fast as Barack Obama's. They need that credibility back for when they plan to push the next Democratic nominee for 2016, and it's loss is hindering their primary mission of assisting the liberal progressives in transforming the US into socialist Europe.

The question still remains, can people remember the pain of socialist ambitions long enough to vote against it, or will they keep falling for Main Stream Media Lucy pulling the football out away from them as they kick to achieve success.
42 weeks ago
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"If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it---for one year. Period."
How comforting, Dear Leader!
42 weeks ago
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Still have all my 2008 issues of TIME. Subscribed back then because of the $12 per year offer and it was an election year. Saved them when I noticed that Obama was on the cover almost every week and thought it a bit curious. Cleaning the garage this week, but will keep those.
42 weeks ago
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I gave up on Time Magazine and newspapers years ago. Why on earth would I bother with them when they're only now finally realizing what they've done?
42 weeks ago
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Thanks Ed for bringing this topic to the forefront.

What we all need to understand is that the problem is not "media bias". The problem is that MSM acts as Statism's CENTER OF GRAVITY. Lefty politicians (Obama, Hillary, whoever) are just the flavor of the month that MSM foists on us.

The ObamaCare roll-out is a very rare opportunity to strike a powerful blow against MSM (Statism's true center of gravity). More than any Dem politician (including Obama), it is MSM who is responsible for the ObamaCare disaster. Low info voters must be taught to shun MSM. That will be much more valuable than knocking down Obama's poll numbers a few more points.

More on this topic here
https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxwYXRyaW90dW5pdHl8Z3g6MjYwZmFhNWQyMjczZjc1
42 weeks ago
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Wow, I had never seen that propaganda video before.

Propaganda. We're living in a brave new world.
42 weeks ago
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The 1st amendment wasn't intended to be employed by libertines to lie to the public, it was and is intended to allow people who value and understand liberty to speak their minds, in truth as they see it.

Creatures who abhor liberty will always take advantage of its protection to subvert or destroy it.

The MSM seems to have convinced itself that it holds a special place in the cosmos of protected speech and freedom of the press. The performance over the last 30 years has cpnvinced me that there should be penalties imposed on press or broadcasting organs who lie and shill for the regime in power. Ironically, the MSM is in total agreement with me on this; they would like nothing better than to officially silence all of you pajama wearing, non-journolist card carrying bloggers, for instance.

Personnally, I favor taking their money. Recovery of damages, say, for lies they make on behalf of their current lefty messiah and his or her new lofty program of social engineering and wealth distribution, and the constant libel they emply against anyone in opposition whom they fear. What do you suppose the bill would be for Obama and his ACA? How about for Obama and the DOJ, the IRS, murder by drone? Thei itemized bill could be endless.
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"The MSM seems to have convinced itself that it holds a special place in the cosmos of protected speech and freedom of the press."

That's how all leftists think.
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Feh, haven't seen an issue of Time (Are they still around?) in years. Don't see any reason to change that.
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Now that Time has admitted, to its sorrow, that Mussolini was unable to make the trains run on time, Time will now begin looking for the next Mussolini to fall in love with tell lies for.
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