CNN Glosses Over ObamaCare Failings Amidst Debt Ceiling Coverage
Lost in the midst of CNN's debt ceiling coverage was its own list of
ObamaCare's shortcomings. Investigative correspondent Drew Griffin
authored a report on "ObamaCare woes" that aired only three times on
Monday and Tuesday.
Griffin reported trouble with ObamaCare's website, cited a March GAO report on missed deadlines for the system's construction, and quoted a consultant who said that insurance executives had waved red flags that the "whole system is not ready for primetime."
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Yet even though ObamaCare's exchanges are the third week of their
rollout, and the law the centerpiece of the shutdown and debt ceiling
standoff, CNN largely ignored the report on Tuesday. Griffin's piece
only aired on Monday night's Anderson Cooper 360, Tuesday's 4 a.m. ET hour of Early Start, and the 1 p.m. ET hour of Tuesday's Newsroom.
In addition, CNN ignored an embarrassing incident for ObamaCare from last Thursday. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius headlined an ObamaCare "education and enrollment" event that only 100 people showed up to. Attendees also had problems logging onto Healthcare.gov despite the presence of certified counselors to help them look at insurance options. CNN has still not reported the story.
— Matt Hadro is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. Follow Matt Hadro on Twitter.