Obama lied to an entire stadium of supporters in his Aug. 28, 2008, convention speech. "As someone who watched my mother argue with insurance companies while she lay in bed dying of cancer," he announced, "I will make certain those companies stop discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most."
The same line was declared in the Oct. 7, 2008, presidential debate, carried by all the networks like the convention speech. "For my mother to die of cancer at the age of 53 and have to spend the last months of her life in a hospital room, arguing with insurance companies because they're saying that this may be a pre-existing condition and they don't have to pay her treatment, there's something fundamentally wrong about that." (Afterward, the networks brought their outrage to the slight that John McCain had described Obama as "that one." They put on focus-group liberals who found the remark "picky and childish.")
Obama also mentioned her in a 2007 campaign TV ad: "In those last painful months, she was more worried about paying her medical bills than getting well. I hear stories like hers every day."
The Times went to liberal Harvard professor Robert Blendon to pronounce the obvious: If Obama's phony storyline had been discovered during the 2008 campaign, "people would have considered it a significant error." Or not an error -- a lie. Blendon added: "I just took for granted that it was a pre-existing condition health insurance issue."
So did the entire American news media.
There's one last interesting tidbit in the Times. Obama's mother wrote to Cigna after they declined her claims that she had turned the case over to "my son and attorney, Barack Obama." Scott could not determine from the documents she viewed whether Obama had ever written to Cigna on his mother's behalf. Isn't it interesting that in all of Obama's rhetoric about his mother's insurance battles, he always left himself out of the storyline? Did this lawyer son ever get involved?
In the Bush years, media liberals (and even Joe Scarborough) suggested George W. Bush was dangerously stupid because he was so "intellectually incurious." Our media are so incurious about the truth behind Obama's often-mythical life story that one might ask, "Are they dangerously stupid?"