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When ObamaCare Mugs a Liberal: The Curious Case of Kirsten Powers

"A conservative is a liberal mugged by reality," goes the old saying. We doubt Kirsten Powers will completely eschew her left-of-center ideology anytime soon, but it is abundantly clear that the Fox News contributor has been mugged by ObamaCare's empty promises.

Bob Parks of our sister site MRCTV put together a little video that compares Powers's full-on rah-rah cheerleading of ObamaCare earlier this year -- before her personal run in with the so-called Affordable Care Act -- with a decidedly chastened Powers AFTER she found herself the victim of the health care overhaul's boosting her health care premiums. Watch the video embed below the page break, and be sure to check out other videos at MRCTV.org.

MSNBC Onscreen Graphic Asks if ObamaCare Rollout Is 'Obama's Katrina?'

You know it's bad when MSNBC is using the K-word: Katrina.

Below the page break you can check out the onscreen graphic deployed on today's Jansing & Co. in a segment featuring former senators Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) where the stateswomen discussed President Obama's ObamaCare rollout blues:

Daily Beast Spin: ObamaCare 'Wasn't Broke', But Obama 'Fixed It' Today

"It Wasn't Broke, But He Fixed It," insisted the Daily Beast's teaser headline for Jamelle Bouie's dutiful spin job for the president this afternoon.

Bouie opened by whining about how much his life stinks, having to cover politics in the Obama era and all:

MSNBC Graphic Admits ObamaCare Had 'Failed Rollout'

Updated below | Pity the poor MSNBC graphics guy who is probably on thin ice if not already packing up his desk over this.

During a segment on Thursday's NewsNation about the president's announcement he would grant health insurance companies to have a one year reprieve from canceling "substandard" plans outlawed by ObamaCare, one of the onscreen graphics read (emphasis mine), "Pres.: Failed rollout put burden on Democrats." [see screen capture below page]

Daily Beast's Tomasky: ObamaCare Woes a Mere 'Soap Opera' Scripted by Fox News

"The Democrats Need to Stop Freaking Out About Obamacare and Take Charge," huffed the headline for Michael Tomasky's 9-paragraph November 14 Daily Beast story -- filed hours before the president's press conference -- addressing reports that nervous congressional Democrats were considering getting on board with a Republican proposal to make President Obama's "if you like it you can keep it" promise a reality.

The leftist writer groused that cable news in general, but Fox News in particular, were ultimately to blame by creating a "soap opera" political culture which makes a huge deal out of passing political travails:

MSNBC.com Takes Offense for Obama: Is Clinton 'Underminer-in-Chief', Website Asks

"[Former president] Clinton did President Obama no favors this week when he endorsed a growing push on Capitol Hill to modify the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in order to allow people to keep their existing individual health insurance policies if they want to," MSNBC.com's Zachary Roth lamented in his November 13 story, "What's Bill Clinton up to on Obamacare?"

The teaser on the MSNBC.com main page was more hard-hitting: "The underminer-in-chief?" asked the headline emblazoned over a black-and-white photo of a half-smiling Clinton [see screen capture below page break]. Roth went on to explain that Clinton's proposed solution "would badly—perhaps fatally—undermine Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment," presuming, of course, that that's a bad thing. After mentioning how the White House is dancing around this little embarrassing incident, Roth followed up with quotes from two left-wing activists who are disenchanted with the former president's remarks (emphasis mine):

Shorter Ezra Klein: Blame Bill Clinton for President Obama's 'You Can Keep It' Lie

According to the Washington Post's Ezra Klein, former president Bill Clinton is ultimately to blame for President Obama's oft-repeated 4-Pinocchio-grade lie that folks who like their health insurance plans under ObamaCare could keep them.

You see, when then-President Clinton proposed a government-run health care overhaul, he "promised [Americans] would lose" their health care plan because Clinton's initiative was predicated on government building from scratch a top-down approach that left had to rip up millions of health care contracts in order to put in place a top-down government-knows-best framework. That scared the dickens out of folks, and so, accordingly, liberal "health-care reformers swung far to the other side," when they continued to eternal crusade to have government "reform" health care, Klein explained (emphasis mine):

Updated: Premiere Reverses, Extends Contract | Leftist Radio Gabber Randi Rhodes Canceled by Premiere Networks

Updated (Nov. 17; 23:33 EST) Premiere Radio Networks had a change of heart, apparently. Congratulations, Randi. We're still listening (but not for the same reasons as your other nine fans).

Premiere Networks is pulling the plug on Randi Rhodes's radio program, Politico's Mackenzie Weinger reported this morning. Her last program should be December 13.

"Wait, who?" you're asking? Well, to refresh your memory and relive all the memories of Randi's off-the-rails lefty nuttiness, read through our archive on her bias while playing Sarah McLachlan's "I Will Remember Your" in the embed below. Cry it out. It's good for the soul.

WashTimes's Miller Slams Sexist Pro-ObamaCare Ads Depicting Young Women as Sluts

ObamaCare boosters in Colorado are treating young women "cheap sluts who don’t care about their health or well being other than getting cheap birth control pills to have sex with strange men," complains Washington Times opinion writer Emily Miller in a November 12 post at the newspaper's website.

"The latest marketing campaign implies that young women would only be interested in Colorado's government-run health care exchange if they get coverage for birth control pills to have sex with strange men," Miller noted, going on to describe what she considers the "most offensive ad" [see below page break for illustration] which...:

Understatement of the Year; MSNBC.com Headline: 'Obamacare Sign Ups Fall Short'

Thus far, at best, ObamaCare has achieved just 10 percent of the Obama administration's 500,000 new-users goal for the first month of the rollout of the health care overhaul. Significantly more people have signed up for taxpayer-funded Medicaid, but that doesn't do a lick of good for the private health insurance pools offered on the federal exchanges.

Not even MSNBC.com can ignore such a story, although the Lean Forward network reserved the right to spin it as best they can. "Health care enrollment falls short of expectations," noted the bland headline for Michele Richinick's November 12 story. "A report out Tuesday shows the enrollment numbers from the first month of Obamacare fell short by thousands of registrants," noted a caption on the network's website. Sounds like the journalistic understatement of the year.

How About That? AP Details the 'Secret, Dirty Cost of Obama's Green Power Push'

So it appears the Associated Press has discovered what conservative and libertarian economic critics have been saying all along: top-down government regulation to promote "green energy" has numerous unintended consequences, including negative repercussions for the environment.

In their November 12 article, "The secret, dirty cost of Obama's green power push," AP writers Dina Cappiello and Matt Apuzzo laid out how "the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today," adding (emphasis mine):

Michael Moore Uses Veterans Day to Plug His Movie Theater, Attack Conservatives

Leftist filmmaker Michael Moore has taken to Twitter today to politicize Veterans Day with predictable political rhetoric about Republican-proposed cuts to food stamps affecting veterans, etc. But one tweet that virtually everyone should agree went beyond the pale was an egregiously beyond-the-pale reference to veteran suicides: "Today, as every day, 22 American veterans will commit suicide. Happy Veterans Day." [see screen capture below page break]

Yesterday evening, Mr. Moore felt compelled to share how veterans can see a free screening of a newly-released historical drama at his State Theatre moviehouse in Traverse City, Michigan: "Tomorrow, Veterans Day, all veterans admitted for free at our theater in Traverse City, MI - the State Theatre. Showing '12 Years a Slave'."

MRC's Brent Bozell Demands Utah Papers Ensure Fair, Balanced Coverage of Sen. Mike Lee

Armed with evidence compiled by NewsBusters senior editor and Media Research Center director of research Rich Noyes, MRC president Brent Bozell sent letters to members of the boards of directors of two prominent newspapers in Utah, demanding that they offer their readers fair and balanced coverage of U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R). You may recall that both the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News savaged the Tea Party conservative senator for his attempt to defund ObamaCare.

"Your paper can no longer claim that Sen. Lee’s strategy was out of proportion or radical," Bozell wrote Ellis Ivory, chairman of the board of directors for the Deseret News Publishing Company. "Already the nation is seeing ObamaCare for the disaster that it is" with "more than 3.5 million... losing existing health insurance plans as a result of ObamaCare," the MRC founder noted, adding:

Conservative Groups Join Forces to Defend Religious Liberties of America's Veterans

"You gave up many individual rights to be in the military. Religious Freedom wasn't one of them," the Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition reminds readers of the Military Times in a full-page ad it ran on Monday, November 11 -- Veterans Day. [view a PDF of the ad here]

The Coalition is an effort spearheaded by our friends at the Family Research Council (FRC) -- and joined by NewsBusters parent the Media Research Center as well as other conservative groups such as the Heritage Foundation-- to fight back against attacks on the religious freedom of the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country.  These violations of religious liberty happen more often than you might think, especially as the major national news media outlets have paid little attention to incidents like these documented in the FRC's October 1 study, "A Clear and Present Danger: The Threat to Religious Liberty in the Military":

WashPost Cartoonist Toles Compares ObamaCare Critics to Segregationist George Wallace

We here at NewsBusters usually pay no mind to Tom Toles, the editorial cartoonist for the Washington Post. He's paid to render his opinion through his work -- although the quality of both his cartooning the cleverness of his observations are, to be charitable, debatable -- so it takes something really egregious to get on our radar.

That happened today when Mr. Toles compared Republican critics of ObamaCare with segregationist Democrat George Wallace, depicting the iconic Republican elephant mascot standing in a doorway marked "health care door" and proclaiming [see cartoon below the page break]:

MSNBC.com Spins October Job Numbers for Obama; Ignores New Low in Female Workforce Participation

Women's participation in the workforce is at a new Obama-term low -- 56.9 percent -- according to the October unemployment report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) today. What's more, Ali Meyer of NewsBusters sister site CNSNews.com noted today, "the number of women holding jobs declined by 357,000 from September to October, and the unemployment rate increased for women from 6.7 percent to 6.9 percent."

But over on msnbc.com, it was all happy talk and partisan spin about the October jobs report. Yes, the network that consistently grouses about an alleged Republican "war on women" had nothing to say about how more and more women are dropping OUT of the workforce thanks to the weak Obama economy. Instead, writer Suzy Khimm spun the results as generally positive for the Obama White House, made sure she quoted a pro-Obama economist, and closed her story by insisting job growth would be even better if not for those rascally congressional Republicans who shut down the government (emphasis mine):

Virginia Duo Hooked Up 300 Illegal Immigrants with Photo ID; WashPost Buries Story on B8

A former DMV clerk, Maria Cavallaro, and her accomplice, Jose Calderon, pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to helping roughly 300 individuals "most of them illegal immigrants" to obtain Virginia-issued "driver's licenses, learner's permits and identification cards for those... [who] were not eligible for them," Washington Post staffer Matt Zapotosky reported in the November 7 paper.

Suffice it to say, such a pervasive criminal conspiracy merits prime real estate in a major metropolitan newspaper, but Post editors seem to disagree, placing the 14-paragraph story on page B8 of Thursday's paper, the very back page of the Metro section:

Despite Smooth Texas Election, MSNBC Insists There's 'Trouble on the Horizon' with Voter ID

The first election cycle in the Lone Star State with a photo ID mandate went off without a hitch on Tuesday. In fact, voter turnout was up 66 percent over the last comparable election cycle in 2011, according to the Texas Secretary of State's office.

But that has done nothing to stop MSNBC's fear-mongering as the network's Zachary Roth hacked out a piece ominously warning in the headline, "Texas voting suggests trouble on the horizon." Roth opened his piece with a woman who insists her being required to sign an affidavit when voting on Tuesday was part of some grand conspiracy to suppress the women's vote for Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) next year:

MSNBC's Reid Treats Florida Democrat to Tough Interview in Order to Boost Crist

The day after suggesting that Democratic primary voters in Florida should vote for turncoat Charlie Crist to better ensure the chances of taking back the governor's mansion, MSNBC substitute host Joy-Ann Reid conducted a short and rather tense interview with Nan Rich, a former state senate minority leader. You may recall that Reid suggested yesterday it would be "toxic" for Sunshine State Democrats to let a "purity test" scuttle Crist's nomination and with it liberals' best chances to take the governor's mansion.

Reid was "pressed for time" to squeeze the interview into Tuesday's tightly-programmed Martin Bashir program, but even allowing for that, it seemed to me that Reid was annoyed that Rich was gumming up the works and preventing a coronation for Crist, who naturally would have the backing of President Obama. Judge for yourself by reading an excerpt of the transcript and/or by listening to the MP3 audio of the segment:

Daily Beast's Tomasky Uses Colo. Secession Vote As Chance to Attack Conservatives as Racist, Anti-Democracy

A non-binding vote in 11 Colorado counties on the question of seceding from the Centennial State to form a brand new state of North Colorado is "the start of a new and lamentable trend that... may be with us for a long time in American politics," groused the Daily Beast's Michael Tomasky in his November 5 story, "Colorado's Strange Secession Vote."

Of course, Tomasky noted correctly, a push for the formation of a new state is not going anywhere soon. But, the liberal journalist insisted, the long-term plan is really more sinister and perhaps racially-charged (emphasis mine):

MSNBC's Reid Rewrites Crist History, Throws Black Dem Kendrick Meek Under Bus

In her closing "Clear the Air" commentary on the November 4 Martin Bashir program, substitute host and longtime Florida resident Joy-Ann Reid rewrote the political history of Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist, who announced today that he will run for the governorship in the 2014 election cycle.

Reid suggested that Florida Democrats should get over their suspicions about the turncoat and get behind Crist to better ensure that the governor's chair is flipped over to Democratic control. In doing so, however, Reid virtually threw liberal African-American and loyal Democrat Kendrick Meek under the bus:

Daily Beast Bellows 'Boehner Blocks Equal Rights' by Opposing ENDA

By virtue of his concerns about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is standing in the way of "equal rights" for gay and lesbian Americans in the workplace, the Daily Beast groused today. "Boehner Blocks Equal Rights," complained a teaser headline on DailyBeast.com.

"The path towards the Employment Non-Discrimination Act or ENDA becoming law took one step forward on Monday morning but two steps backward when Speaker of the House John Boehner came out against the measure," Beast staffer Ben Jacobs complained in his Nov. 4 story, "ENDA Hits Obstacle In House." Jacobs noted that:

MSNBC.com Contributor Hails Abortion As Act of 'Mercy'

"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!" -- Isaiah 5:20

Forget zombies, vampires, and the other assorted imaginary embodiments of evil. This Halloween the most sickening, skin-crawling, and frighteningly real evil you can come across is just a click away for you at MSNBC.com, where abortion-rights absolutist Irin Carmon presents abortion as an act of mercy for which an Oklahoma couple should be commended, not grieved, and for which they should not have been inconvienced in the first place by restrictive abortion laws.

Daily Beast Lies About Cuccinelli's Appeal of Sodomy Case, Scoffs at Notion He's Generally Libertarian

If you're a real libertarian, what should matter to you most of all is sexual freedom, all other issues be damned. That's the insulting subtext to Ben Jacobs's October 31 story at The Daily Beast, "Ken Cuccinelli's Libertarian Love Affair."

"Can the anti-sodomy candidate be the standard bearer for libertarians?" Jacobs asked in his lead paragraph, adding, "Ken Cuccinelli sure hopes so." Jacobs then misled -- and arguably lied -- to readers by charging that:

Time's Joe Klein Slams Obama As 'Buckpasser'

"[T]here is a danger that the Obama Administration will be remembered as not even good enough for government work," if President Obama doesn't step up his game, argued liberal Time magazine columnist Joe Klein in his October 30 piece, "Buckpasser."

"Firing for cause doesn’t seem to exist in the Obama Administration," groused the columnist, lamenting that "few have paid the price for the Administration’s errors." But before we congratulate Klein too much for getting tough on Obama, let's be perfectly clear, Klein thinks administrative incompetence is the fundamental problem, not that ObamaCare is itself fatally-flawed in its design to begin with:

MSNBC.com Spins: Obama's 'You Can Keep It' Lie Merely a Passing 'Political Mess'

President Obama's lie that folks who like their insurance plans could keep them is merely a "political mess," MSNBC.com's Geoffrey Cowley is insisting. After all, "consumers still stand to benefit from the new rules" governing the health care industry." [see screen capture following page break]

"For a president who has spent five years fighting for health care reform, this should be a blissful moment," Cowley lamented in the open of  his October 30 story, "Debunking the right's latest Obamacare spin." But alas, "Instead, the administration is slogging through one of the toughest weeks since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law three years ago." Cowley conceded that maybe the president didn't lay out the caveats he should have in his campaign rhetoric, but that folks really have nothing to complain about since they're now forced to buy much more comprehensive -- and correspondingly more expensive -- coverage (emphasis mine):

Obama DHS Going After 'Spooky Halloween Contact Lenses' in 'Operation Double Vision'

So it seems the Obama Department of Homeland Security has found a frightening new national security risk: Cheap non-prescription contact lenses that folks buy to augment their scary monster Halloween costumes.

As Time magazine's Alexandra Sifferlin reported on Tuesday, DHS, in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration, has launched Operation Double Vision to crack down on the illegal plastic discs (emphasis mine):

TIME Omits Party Label for Disgraced Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.)

She had four paragraphs to work with, yet Time magazine's Madison Gray found no space to note disgraced former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s political affiliation.

The Illinois Democrat is in the news again today as he entered prison Tuesday morning to begin serving his 2 1/2-year long sentence. Here's how Gray reported it for the "Nation" section of his magazine's website:

Time Writer Spins There's a 'Bright Side' to 'Obamacare's Broken Promise'

Time magazine's Kate Pickert was unfazed by the revelation that President Obama lied to the American people when he promised that folks would be able to keep their existing insurance plans.

Sure, "President Obama has broken his promise that Americans who like their health insurance plans can keep them under the Affordable Care Act," Pickert offered in her Monday evening post, "The Bright Side of Obamacare's Broken Promise," "[b]ut the truth is that only a small percentage of Americans will have their health insurance choices narrowed because of the ACA." What's more, Pickert insisted, the plan that folks will have to buy (quite often at an inflated cost over the plans they liked but lost) will be better, because, well, the government is mandating all sorts of new, costly goodies in them:

Time's 'Curious Capitalist' Columnist: ObamaCare Should Look to Britain for Help!

Time magazine's Rana Foroohar can admit the obvious: ObamaCare is fraught with numerous problems. But the "Curious Capitalist" columnist has a strange but sadly predictable prescription: more socialism and uniformity and less amenities for the average health-care consumer.

Foroohar laid out her arguments in her Monday, October 28 piece, "What Obamacare Can Learn From Britain's National Health Service." Sure, Foroohar confessed, single-payer medicine like the NHS has its side effects, especially for mothers of newborns, but you can survive just fine with midwives and crowded maternity wards, just like she did (emphasis mine):