The latest and greatest Obama scandal is the disastrous Obamacare rollout, but it has something in common with all the others (besides Obama knew nothing). Some journalists are still brazenly trying to deny -- against all evidence -- that this scandal has any substance at all.
The same people who freaked out over President Bush's one sentence in one State of the Union speech that Saddam Hussein sought uranium in Africa are now making excuses for Obama saying everywhere, endlessly, "If you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you." To them, that's not lying -- blatantly, repeatedly, shamelessly. He simply "misspoke," claimed The New York Times editorial page.
This War on Facts erupted on "The Diane Rehm Show" on NPR on Nov. 4. Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus stubbornly stuck with ignorance by proclaiming "this has been a really relatively scandal-free administration, first term and second term." CNN political analyst David Gergen seconded that bizarre assertion: "This has been a scandal-free administration by and large, and we should appreciate that."
Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi agrees with his colleague Ruth Marcus. He's also blaming the media for Obama's woes. "It's often a scandal what the news media finds (sic) to be a scandal," he tweeted, linking to a Sunday commentary he wrote complaining that the Obama scandals that erupted in May have been exposed as somehow phony. "A few months later, these 'scandals' look more ambiguous and a lot less scandalous."
Farhi didn't claim anything "a lot less scandalous" with the Department of Justice searching the emails and phone records of Fox News reporter James Rosen and reporters from the Associated Press. He barely touched on Benghazi but suggested that somehow the State Department clearing the State Department should crumble any complaints.
Farhi singled out the Internal Revenue Service scandal as the one where Obama has been wronged. "Rather than exclusively targeting conservative and tea party groups, as many news organizations had first reported, the IRS held up applications from liberal and nonpartisan organizations, too, amid confusion and bureaucratic foul-ups." But after the "overkill at the beginning ... don't expect many corrections or apologies," he concluded.
Nor should they, since what Farhi is promoting is a red herring, which itself has been proven to be false.
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