On July 3, 1999, The New York Times exposed Al Gore for lying about his family in a national convention speech as vice president of the United States. In 1996, Gore moved the Democrats to tears by claiming that when his sister Nancy died of cancer in 1984, he vowed then and there to oppose the tobacco industry. How courageous -- and completely untrue.
The Times found Gore campaigned in 1988 boasting of his tobacco-farming prowess. He lied through his teeth. Network coverage from ABC, CBS or NBC on this whopper, even as Gore prepared a presidential run? Zero.
On July 13, 2011, this cycle repeated itself when The New York Times reported on another national Democrat lying about a death in the family in his convention address, presidential debates and just about everywhere. That was Barack Obama in 2008, claiming his mother, Ann Dunham, died of cancer while battling with insurance companies all the way through. Dramatic? Yes. But an utter lie. Network coverage of this new jaw-dropper on ABC, CBS and NBC? Also zip, zilch, zero.
How pathetic. These are the same networks that devote multiple heavy-breathing stories to "correcting" non-candidate Sarah Palin's historical knowledge of Paul Revere or Michele Bachmann's location for the birthplace of John Wayne. But Obama lies about his mother -- a shameless, pandering tug using his mother to get socialized health care, and they're mute!
In a story published on page 16, reporter Kevin Sack explained, "The White House on Wednesday declined to challenge an account in a new book" that Obama "mischaracterized a central anecdote about his mother's deathbed dispute with her insurance company." The headline said the book "challenges" the Obama story, and in the story, they used the word "mischaracterized." It was a whole lot more than that.
The new book, by Times reporter Janny Scott, is titled "A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother." Scott quoted from correspondence from Dunham to assert that the 1995 dispute concerned a Cigna disability insurance policy. Her actual health insurer had reimbursed most of her medical expenses without argument. The Times noted that although candidate Obama often suggested that Dunham "was denied health coverage because of a pre-existing condition, it appears from her correspondence that she was only denied disability coverage."