The PJ Tatler

As Predicted, Media Ignores Gruber Email Bombshell

Yesterday White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the Gruber story was not a “bombshell,” so the mainstream media chose to move on to more important stories like Caitlyn Jenner’s Father’s Day pic and the president’s use of the N-word.

ABC News did a segment on Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner’s Father’s Day picture with his family…but couldn’t find even thirty seconds to mention emails that prove the president lied to country about disgraced MIT professor Jonathan Gruber’s heavy involvement crafting ObamaCare.

Caitlyn Jenner toasted Father’s Day with her children.

The former Olympian revealed Monday what she did to celebrate the special day.

“Great day yesterday for Father’s Day. We had so much fun off-roading. So much love and support! Love my family!” she tweeted along with a picture of her brood.

Again — that was ABC News  (not Entertainment Tonight or TMZ, which also did segments on Jenner’s Father’s Day pic).

The biggest headline of the 24-hour news cycle was the president’s use of the N-word — which was covered extensively pretty much everywhere — because a president saying bad words is infinitely more exciting than a president getting caught in a demonstrable lie.

The Gruberization of America continues apace — aided and abetted by the MSM.

According to Newsbusters,“there was zero coverage to be found on the Monday evening newscasts of English-language networks ABC, CBS, and NBC and Spanish-language networks MundoFox, Telemundo, and Univision.”

Only Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier provided a full report on the new details concerning Gruber’s role in ObamaCare.

Charles Lipson at RealClearPolitics explains that whether or not a president is held responsible for his bad behavior “depends entirely on whether they like the administration.  If they loathe the administration, it’s front-page news. If they like it, they spike the story.”

The Wall Street Journal just revealed the news about the Oversight Committee getting these emails in a major story. The key points are that Gruber was deeply involved in crafting the health care law, he worked very closely with the White House, and, when he became a political liability, the president and his senior aides simply lied about it.

Is that a big story? Not if you are a national TV network or major U.S. newspaper. Except for the Wall Street Journal, they maintained radio silence. Not a peep.

A search of the New York Times shows zero hits for “Gruber” this week. All the News That’s Fit to Print? The Washington Post has one hit, a brief comment by an online opinion columnist. Regional newspapers like the Chicago Tribune: zero. It was covered on Fox’s morning show and, in a very revealing exchange, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. The network shows – Good Morning America, the Today Show, and CBS This Morning – have eight hours of air time but did not mention it at all. Zilch. They could have squeezed it in without shortchanging the Kardashians or Brian Williams’ landing on the moon.

What happened on Morning Joe was fascinating. One of the hosts, Mika Brzezinski, called attention to the Journal story. Her co-host, former GOP Rep. Joe Scarborough, followed up. Turning to Mark Halperin, who is the co-managing editor of Bloomberg Politics and a former senior reporter at Time, Scarborough asked if the story was inconsistent with White House statements. “I owe my Republican sources an apology,” Halperin said, “because they kept telling me he [Gruber] was hugely involved, and the White House played it down.”

Then Scarborough asked the money question: “Did the White House lie about that?”

“I think they were not fully forthcoming.”

That answer did not come from a White House official or a Democratic operative. It came from a big-time reporter. And not just any reporter. It came from a reporter to whom the White House had deliberately lied in background briefings. Does he call them out? Nope. He spins for them.

As I’ve said many times, the MSM shows its bias most egregiously in the stories it chooses not to tell.

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