This week's Mainstream Media Scream features Today show co-host Matt Lauer suggesting that Americans may be better off with their new health insurance, despite President Obama's broken promise on keeping current insurance.
On Monday’s show during an interview with former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Lauer said, “He [Obama] apologized for the fact that he made a promise during the rollout, during the campaign for health -”
Palin: “Many, many, many promises.”
Lauer: “Made it over and over again. Said you get to keep your existing policy if you like it. Five percent of Americans can’t keep it because it doesn’t meet the standards of the new health care law. If it turns out, governor, that they end up – those five percent of people – with a better health insurance policy, do you think they’ll forgive him for the broken promise?”
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “I hope President Obama appreciates how nice it is to have allies in the news media so eager to spin ?broken promises' into opportunities to tout how those who trusted you will really benefit in the end. The Americans who feel betrayed likely won't be so eager to forgive Obama as is Lauer.”
Rating: Three out of five screams.Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at email@example.com.