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WND Still Doesn’t Get the Journalism Thing

This article is just a textbook example of absurd brand of “journalism” that Joseph Farah has created at the Worldnetdaily. It’s a “WND exclusive” — aren’t they all? — wherein they report a claim made by Rush Limbaugh without doing even a scintilla of actual, ya know, reporting on whether it’s true or not.

Radio giant Rush Limbaugh claims the White House and national news media are “cooking the books” when it comes to reports that more than 7 million Americans were on track to sign up for Obamacare by Monday’s deadline.

“To you and me, these numbers are obviously not believable. They’re obviously cooked! There’s no question,” Limbaugh said on his top-rated program Tuesday. “You can’t tell me that this is real. These people have been known to doctor the numbers. Is there any doubt they were going to do this?”

The Associated Press reported: “Two government officials confirmed the milestone, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter ahead of an official announcement. Seven million was the original target set by the Congressional Budget Office for enrollment in taxpayer-subsidized private health insurance through new online markets created under Obama’s signature legislation.”

Limbaugh said the real numbers are now the subject of Obama’s version of “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”

“We’re not supposed to ask, and we’re not supposed to tell. The numbers are what they are and we’re supposed to live with it,” he explained. “I think these enrollment numbers are about as real as the regime’s unemployment number, meaning it’s totally made up. Or their latest growth projections on the economy. That’s made up.”

He continued: “Every bit of news prior to today was nobody happy, falling apart, premiums doubling and copays and deductibles tripling. Nobody being able to keep their policy. Everybody unhappy. People deciding to choose to pay the penalty. A lot of people being canceled and no replacement policy. And we go from that in one overnight to everybody now – well, a plurality of people love Obamacare. No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke.”

Did they call the Department of Health and Human Services or the White House to get documentation of the final signup numbers for the health care exchanges? Nope. Did they even bother to get a comment from them? Nope. They just built an entire article — an exclusive, they say — by quoting a Rush Limbaugh rant offered with zero evidence. This is how you do right wing “journalism” the Worldnetdaily way.

Comments

  1. Michael Heath says

    For those who actually care about the numbers, here’s the WaPo factchecker: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2014/04/04/cbos-obamacare-estimate-its-more-complicated-than-you-think/

    We should also always consider the context within which these numbers are being achieved. A large factor is Republican obstructionism at the federal and the state level. They are putting an enormous amount of energy into minimizing the number of people who enjoy access to health insurance. From the Republicans’ perspective, a political victory for them that they yearn to accomplish requires a drop in the number of people who have health insurance.

    Consider for a moment what that says about the character of people who not only lead the GOP on this initiative, but also those who vote for Republicans who are obstructing access to healthcare.

  2. John Pieret says

    WND Still Doesn’t Get the Journalism Thing

    It’s pretty hard to get it when you didn’t start out to do it in the first place. WingNutDaily was never intended to practice journalism, it was set up to be an echo chamber for the looniest of the lunatic fringe of the right wing .

  3. D. C. Sessions says

    This is how you do right wing “journalism” the Worldnetdaily way.

    As distinct from doing right wing “journalism” some other way? Examples would be appropriate.

  4. justsomeguy says

    There are roughly 314 million people in the US. Is it really *that* unbelievable that 7 million (2.2%) of them would sign up for health care? Heck, even if we’re only looking at people who voted for Obama in 2012 as possible enrollees (65.9 million), that’s still just under 11%.

  5. says

    I’d only enroll if I lost my current health care that I get through work. so you can subtract people like me from the potential pool. Also those who are covered by parents’ insurance, or a spouse.

  6. dugglebogey says

    “Every bit of news prior to today was nobody happy, falling apart, premiums doubling and copays and deductibles tripling. Nobody being able to keep their policy. Everybody unhappy. People deciding to choose to pay the penalty. A lot of people being canceled and no replacement policy. And we go from that in one overnight to everybody now – well, a plurality of people love Obamacare. No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke.”

    Hey dumbass! You made up all those stories yourself! None of them were true and you know because you were the one who invented them. You can’t act surprised now!

  7. magistramarla says

    Robertbaden,
    Exactly! I’ve laughed at the uninformed tea party types in my local paper who intoned that the ACA had to be a failure, since there are over 300 million in this country and a plurality of them are not signing up for it.
    They just don’t seem to get that those who are already covered by their employer or a spouse or parent are already part of the success of the ACA. The President and the others behind this act don’t care how you get healthcare insurance, just that you get it – whether that is through an employer, through a family member’s employer, through a direct buy from the insurance company or through an exchange. The end result is the same.
    They sneer and say that “Obama has failed in his attempt to take over healthcare”. They simply don’t realize that they are showing their ignorance.

  8. dingojack says

    @ Rushbo – [points] Bwhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
    [pauses for breath]
    Bwhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!*
    Dingo
    ——–
    * the only rational response to Rushbo’s (usual) rank idiocy

  9. busterggi says

    Real journalism isn’t about facts – its about selling shallow, poorly written, factually deficient books.

  10. caseloweraz says

    Limbaugh: And we go from that in one overnight to everybody now – well, a plurality of people love Obamacare. No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke.”

    Here’s to Rush Limbaugh — bringing us an April Fool’s joke every day of the year.

  11. says

    Dear Teabaggers,
     
    You’re on Medicare, and will take vastly more out of it than you ever put in. And for a bunch of you, for that last eighteen months or so, Medicaid will pay for your long-term care. You want to fight against Moochers and a massive government takeover of healthcare, look in the mirror.
     
    P.S. Stop kicking down. It makes you look like assholes.

  12. says

    I think that bit should be saved as the platonic form of denialism. “I refuse to believe the evidence because it conflicts with some bullshit I swallowed.” That’s about as pure as it gets.

  13. says

    I somehow ended up getting a couple fairly sane articles for my first sampling of WND. I don’t recall the precise topic, but they were related to food supply issues. Decent articles, I filed them away in my list of decent internet sources, though I never dug into their other stuff on my own initiative.

    The first time I saw the crazy was a bit of a shock. Took just a couple minutes clicking around to realize that my first time must have been a broken clock.

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