This week’s Mainstream Media Scream features CBS Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer delightfully claiming that foes of Obamacare are like Japanese World War II warriors who thought the was war still being fought after emerging from jungles in the 1950s.
On CBS' "This Morning," he said, “I mean, they’re going to pass this in the House, I would assume. And it’s going to go nowhere in the Senate. When the Wall Street Journal compares them to, you know, those Japanese suicide pilots in World War II, I wonder if it isn't — I think that’s apt. But even more apt, you remember — way on into the 1950s when they go into the jungles of the Philippines and they find these Japanese soldiers that thought World War II was still going on?”
[Hosts Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell all laugh.]
Gayle King: “Good analogy.”
Schieffer: “I mean, you know, the war over Obamacare is over. You know? An they still continue to fight it. This is not going to change here.”
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “Might Schieffer be the one wandering clueless in the jungle? He ridicules Obamacare opponents at his own peril. This kind of analogy — harking back to isolated soldiers 60 years ago — just demonstrates how out of touch he is. The latest CBS News poll showed 54 to 36 percent disapproval for Obamacare, yet the more the public opposes Obamacare, the more adamant Obama’s allies become about denigrating those who dare try to stop it. They’re racing to get it enacted before public backlash undermines it and their smug certainty.”
Rating: Four out of five screams.
Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.