Ed Driscoll

Administration 'Trains' Journalists on How to Cover Obamacare

“Reporters with the Society of American Business Editors and Writers received ‘training’ on how to cover Obamacare’s rollout from a policy expert who works with President Obama’s former health information technology adviser,” Joel Gehrke of the Washington Examiner notes:

The Commonwealth Fund’s Sara Collins claimed during the training that healthcare.gov’s chronic dysfunctionality does not signify “deeper issues” with the law.

“I don’t think it signifies deeper problems, I think it is a website issue,” Collins told SABEW during the Oct. 28 training seminar.

Her optimistic take on the law’s difficulties is unsurprising since she works for an organization led by David Blumenthal, who was President Obama’s national coordinator for health information technology from 2009 to 2011.

What is surprising is that an organization claiming to represent professional journalists would endorse “training” delivered by advocates for the program they are covering, which would violate SABEW’s code of ethics.

That code encourages journalists to “avoid any practice that might compromise or appear to compromise objectivity or fairness.”

Of course, the list of topics that legacy media journalists routinely compromise their objectivity on is endless and growing; in other words, the vast majority have no objectivity, they’re merely Democrat operatives with bylines, as the Professor often reminds his readers. But what is new is that the Obama administration feels the need to train journalists on how to spin the Obamacare disaster. Since his emergence in the mid-naughts, reporters have been spinning and obfuscating for Mr. Obama with very little coaching. In contrast, explaining away the Hindenburg-sized crash of Obamacare and all of the administration’s lies over the years before it left the hanger requires much more work to “myzeld” your readers.

Especially when it’s so bad that “you can use the other side’s old agitprop against them without ever changing a word.  2009 seems so far away, now, huh?”, Moe Lane wrote yesterday, embedding a White House video from that era after linking to Major Garrett on Democrat Barbara Mikulski blowing the malaise whistle on Tuesday. “So was the White House lying then about you keeping your plan, or are they lying now? – Because they’re lying somewhere:”

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