This week's Mainstream Media Scream features NBC “Meet the Press” host David Gregory cutting off an Obamacare critic, Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., so he could talk the program up.
Gregory: “My reporting, Congressman Rogers, indicates that this is also where the president’s going to go. He’s gonna go on the offensive. He’s gonna argue that Republicans are trying to sabotage this instead of getting it right, that they’ve got no real ideas of their own. Is that what’s gonna actually make some improvements here to get this helping people?”
Rogers: “No. You have to remember what happened. This is unprecedented confiscation of people's health care. And so here’s what I think they're missing. They're trying to make this a political fight. When you have somebody who just lost their insurance, and by the way, there are millions of people who got cancellation notices. And the next go-round on the business side is 80 to 100 million people will get cancellation notices.
“And let me tell you why I think they’re missing the boat on this, trying to make this a political fight between Democrats and Republicans. A guy grabbed me the other day, whose wife is expecting a baby at the end of December. They’ve got a cancellation notice. If she has the baby in January, he is absolutely apoplectic about how he pays for it. If she has the baby in December, that – there’s no compassion in that.
“And this is happening hundreds of thousands of times all across the country. They’re getting ready to close high-risk pools that have cancer survivors, people who are trying to fight cancer are getting thrown out of their high-risk pools at the end of this year. And as a cancer survivor, you want your whole focus being on beating the disease.”
Gregory: “Alright, but there’s enough-”
Rogers: “They’re making a horrible mistake by trying to make this political when real people are getting hurt by this.”
Gregory: “But congressman, you talk about confiscation, the reality is there's also a lot of people who are going to have the potential to get insurance who never had insurance. And you have a small piece of the market where people may lose plans. Many of those will get better plans in the individual market.”
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “There’s nothing necessarily wrong with an interviewer cutting off a guest he doesn’t think is responding to his question. But in this case, Gregory went beyond the role of a dispassionate journalist and became a policy advocate – forwarding dubious White House claims, as facts, about how only a ‘small’ number will lose their insurance and ‘many will get better plans.’ He should leave such Obama talking points to his Democratic guests, lest viewers confuse him with a liberal politician.”
Rating: Three out of five screams.Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.