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You know that you are living in crazy times when the major domestic initiative of a Democrat administration since the inaptly named Great Society has a disastrous roll out and the only “journalist” to grill the woman in charge, HHS Secretary Kathleen “Tiller-the-Killer-was-my-friend” Sebelius , is liberal clown Jon Stewart, doing the job the “professional” “journalists” refuse to do.

 

Update:  Well what do you know?  Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air The Washington Post is reporting  that the administration had lots of warning about problems regarding the software being used to run the healthcare exchanges and chose to ignore the warnings:

Major insurers, state health-care officials and Democratic allies repeatedly warned the Obama administration in recent months that the new federal health-insurance exchange had significant problems, according to people familiar with the conversations. Despite those warnings and intense criticism from Republicans, the White House proceeded with an Oct. 1 launch.

A week after the federal Web site opened, technical problems continued to plague the system, and on Tuesday people were locked out until 10 a.m., although some applicants were able to sign up as the day went on. Officials said they were working 24 hours a day to improve the system and that they were confident it would soon be able to meet the demand. They added that there was ample time to correct the site to allow consumers to get insured by Jan. 1. …

Two allies of the administration, both of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the controversy surrounding the rollout, said they approached White House officials this year to raise concerns that the federal exchange was not ready to launch. In both cases, Obama officials assured them there was no cause for alarm.

Robert Laszewski, a health-care consultant with clients in the insurance industry, said insurers were complaining loudly that the site, www.healthcare.gov, was not working smoothly during frequent teleconferences with officials at the Department of Health and Human Services before the exchange’s launch and afterward. “People were pulling out their hair,” he said.

At  this rate maybe The Washington Post will ask Obama a question about all this at least slightly before a pig earns his flight wings.

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. Silver lining department: That liberal clown is a main source of “news” for low-IQ, Obama voters (I repeated myself, again).

    If he’s lost Jon Stewart . . .

  2. What’s strange about this is that there has been little self-criticism from
    anyone in the media. It’s obvious to anyone with eyes to see that there is
    precious little journalism being practiced anymore– but no one in the
    profession has called his own colleagues out. How is it that thousands of
    journalists could be suborned without a few going down fighting?

    I don’t doubt that the profession, as a whole, has sold out. I’m just puzzled
    to understand how it was done without anyone putting up resistance.

  3. Clinton: Galloping credentialism means that most newspapers and media outlets won’t consider hiring a reporter who hasn’t got a degree specifically in journalism or, Heaven help us, ‘communications’. Journalism schools have been dominated by the Left for decades, and do a ruthlessly efficient job of weeding out anyone who won’t sacrifice the facts for the party line. They’re taught not to report the truth, but to be advocates for causes — always Leftist causes.

    Now, some of these J-school grads do eventually grow up; but by that time they don’t dare stray from the party line, because they fear for their jobs. Massive layoffs, newspapers and magazines folding, media ownership being consolidated year by year — there’s always plenty to fear. The ones who overcome that fear and speak the truth don’t, as a rule, stay employed for long.

  4. Tom, Clinton– doesn’t that make you twitch a little when various politicians have been muttering about a legal definition of “journalist”?

    When a fat little housewife has done more actual investigating than “journalists,” it’s a scary, scary day….

  5. Y’all, I had reason to re-read Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s 1978 address to the
    graduating class of Harvard. It was an astonishing indictment of Western
    civilization at the time– especially coming from a man so familiar with the
    brutalities of communist Russia. If anything, it is even more accurate today.
    Here’s what he said about the press in the West 35 years ago:

    …”The press too, of course, enjoys the widest freedom (I shall be using the word
    press to include all media). But what sort of use does it make of this freedom?

    Here again, the main concern is not to infringe the letter of the law. There is no
    moral responsibility for deformation or disproportion. What sort of responsi-
    bility does a journalist have to his readers, or to history? If he has misled public
    opinion or the government by inaccurate information or wrong conclusions, do
    we know of any cases of public recognition and rectification of such mistakes
    by the same journalist or the same newspaper? No. It hardly ever happens,
    because it would damage sales. A nation may be the victim of such a mistake,
    but the journalist always gets away with it. One may safely assume that he will
    start writing the opposite with renewed self-assurance.

    Because instant and credible information has to be given, it becomes necessary
    to resort to guesswork, rumors, and supposition to fill the void, and none of
    them will ever be rectified, they will stay on in the reader’s memory. How many
    hasty, immature, superficial and misleading judgements are expressed every
    day, confusing readers, without any verification. The press can both simulate
    public opinion and miseducate it. Thus we see terrorists made heroes, or
    secret matters pertaining to one’s nation’s defense publicly revealed, or we may
    witness shameless intrusion on the privacy of well-known people under the
    slogan “everyone is entitled to know everything”. …

    … Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic disease of the 20th century, and
    more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press. …

    … There is another surprise for someone coming from the East, where the press
    is rigorously unified: one gradually discovers a common trend of preferences
    within the Western press as a whole. It is a fashion, there are generally accepted
    patterns of judgement and these may be common corporate interests, the sum
    effect being not competition but unification. Enormous freedom exists for the
    press, but not for the readership, because newspapers mostly give emphasis
    to those opinions that do not too openly contradict their own and the general
    trend.

    Without any censorship, in the West, fashionable trends of thought are care-
    fully separated from those that are not fashionable. Nothing is forbidden, but
    what is not fashionable will hardly ever find its way into periodicals or books
    or be heard in colleges. …”

    Solzhenitsyn’s Harvard address was true in 1978, and even more true today.
    “Enormous freedom exists for the press, but not for the readership…”. Indeed.

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