White House Caught in Outright Lies, Media Yawns | Mediaite
By Noah Rothman
CBS News has caught the White House in an outright lie. It’s a lie that a number of administration officials stood behind and disseminated through the media to the public. Stated more clearly, the White House used many credulous members of the media to misinform the public. Now, after having been made fools of by their Democratic allies in the executive branch, one might be excused for expecting the press to push back against their abusers forcefully. Instead, the race is on to make excuses for the embattled White House.
According to the results of an investigation by CBS News, the White House did have accurate enrollment figures – and they were disastrous: Six enrollees on day one. A total of 248 by day two. The program needs 39,000 enrollees per day to meet their goal of seven million by the end of the open enrollment period. Based on those early figures and the persistently malfunctioning health insurance website, it is improbable that a grand total of 39,000 people enrolled in the ACA’s insurance exchanges by the end of the first month.
“We don’t have that data,” said White House Press Sec. Jay Carney on October 3 when asked if the administration had any “hard enrollment numbers” to share with the public. No ambiguity. No dancing around the issue. The data simply did not exist.“
We do not have any reliable data around enrollment, which is why we haven’t given it to date,” Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius said in testimony before Congress, under oath, when asked if the White House had enrollment figures. Of course, the “reliable” modifier will handily absolve the secretary of any criminal culpability, but what was an obvious falsehood at the time has at least been exposed for what it was.
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