The real scandal is that there is no scandal.
You have to hand it to Fox News, once they think they have a story they really hold onto it, no matter how quickly it disintegrates in their hands.
Earlier this month a story broke about a man named Jonathan Gruber, who claimed to be an architect of the Affordable Care Act. After the law passed, Gruber was outspoken and critical of the “Cadillac tax” and said it was the “stupidity of the American voter” that got the healthcare law passed. Gruber has since apologized and said he was simply “speaking off the cuff.”
Gruber also favors the law and says that Republicans are trying to confuse the American public. Fox News claims that the Obama Administration blatantly lied to the American people about the attached tax.
All week long Fox News has covered the story from every possible angle saying that the “American people were lied to” and that the law wasn’t transparent enough. Megyn Kelly sees this as “the smoking gun” they’ve been waiting for. The other talking point Fox hosts are enjoying is the fact that an “Obama adviser” insulted the American voting population.
Here’s how many times Fox News has mentioned Jonathan Gruber compared to MSNBC and CNN, according to Politifact:
On Fox’s The Five, Eric Bolling was disgusted that Obama had only just heard of their manufactured scandal saying:
The president apparently gets well-briefed because he watches ABC and NBC, but he fails to watch Fox. If he had watched Fox, we would have told him about Gruber a really, really long time ago.
Er, okay. The thing is, Fox only just broke the story after it was featured in the Washington Post about a week ago and Obama has been busy on his trip to Asia. Plus, there aren’t any actual good reasons to watch Fox News.
The Fox hosts were giddy to site a Gallup poll which shows approval of Obamacare as the lowest it’s been despite increased enrollment, smirking as they cited the 37 percent approval rating.
Watching The Five‘s segment it’s entirely clear they are painting Obama as a liar who is purposely distancing himself from Gruber and the law. Yet they paired their commentary with a clip from Obama who said something entirely different.
I just heard about this. The fact some adviser who never worked on our staff, expressed an opinion I completely disagree with in terms of the voters, is no reflection on the actual process which was run. The one thing we can’t say is that we didn’t have a lengthy debate about health care in the United States of America. Or that it wasn’t adequately covered.
Luckily Bob Beckel, the “liberal” co-host on The Five, brought the panel back from right wing fantasy land.
I choose to believe the President of the United States. . . This is one of those liberal professors from some think-tank somewhere that shoots his mouth off and doesn’t know what he’s talking about. I just don’t believe Obama would go up there and say, ‘I don’t know this guy’ and he really does. I refuse to believe it. The other thing that Obama said is this Cadillac tax was debated over and over again and Republicans kept raising it over and over and over again. Nobody missed it.
Watch the full clip here: