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Pro-Obamacare team trains reporters on covering Obamacare website problems

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Reporters with the Society of American Business Editors and Writers received "training" on how to cover Obamacare's rollout from a policy expert who works with President Obama's former health information technology adviser.

The Commonwealth Fund's Sara Collins claimed during the training that healthcare.gov's chronic dysfunctionality does not signify "deeper issues" with the law.

"I don't think it signifies deeper problems, I think it is a website issue," Collins told SABEW during the Oct. 28 training seminar.

Her optimistic take on the law's difficulties is unsurprising since she works for an organization led by David Blumenthal, who was President Obama's national coordinator for health information technology from 2009 to 2011.

What is surprising is that an organization claiming to represent professional journalists would endorse "training" delivered by advocates for the program they are covering, which would violate SABEW's code of ethics.

That code encourages journalists to "avoid any practice that might compromise or appear to compromise objectivity or fairness."

A SABEW spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

H/T Freedom Works' Rusty Weiss, who previously noted Commonwealth's role in the training seminar.

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