CBS, like most of our corporate media, has barely been one step above the God-awful right wing crap that's spewed over at Fox day in and day out, but this week, they seemed bound and determined to win that race to the bottom instead. We had Jan Crawford concern trolling for the insurance industry. Over the weekend, 60 Minutes decided that it was time to pick up the Benghazi baton from Fox and run with it, with Sen. Lindsey Graham more than happy to immediately pile on.
And on this Sunday's Face the Nation, as our friends at Media Matters took him to task for, host Bob Schieffer allowed Rep. Darrell Issa to come on and lie to his audience without a bit of push back on the problems with the ACA's website: CBS' Schieffer Allows Issa To Push Debunked Attack On Health Care Website:
CBS anchor Bob Schieffer allowed Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) to push the discredited claim that health care website contractors were pressured to change an aspect of HealthCare.gov by the White House days after those contractors explicitly denied any pressure from administration officials.
On the October 27 edition of CBS' Face the Nation, Schieffer asked Issa about the purpose of congressional subpoenas from the House Oversight Committee, which Issa chairs. Issa responded by claiming contractors had admitted that White House officials pressured them to drop a tool that allowed exchange customers to get a price estimate before registering on the website. Issa's accusation was the shorter version of one he made earlier in the week, in which he claimed in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget, "We are concerned that the administration required contractors to change course late in the implementation process to conceal ObamaCare's effect on increasing health insurance premiums."
Schieffer never pushed back on Issa's accusation, even though officials from the contractor, CGI Federal, denied any White House pressure to remove the tool from the website. A press release from Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) pointed out that in congressional testimony, CGI senior vice president Cheryl Campbell refuted Issa's claims, testifying that she was not aware of any orders from the White House to remove the price estimate tool:
You can go read the rest of the post for more details on that, and here's another lie by Issa that Schieffer missed as well: The Myth Of The $634 Million Obamacare Website.
It would be nice if these "news" anchors did an ounce of homework or research before they allowed these pundits and politicians onto their shows so they'd know how to rebut them, but as Karoli pointed out in her post where we caught that dolt Cupp lying to the viewers of This Week, they don't care about facts. They care about controversy, conflict and their ratings.
Transcript via CBS below the fold.
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