In a long-winded speech on Wednesday at Georgetown University, former president Bill Clinton criticized the “political press” who, he says, are so often blinded by a “storyline” that they ignore reality, especially when it comes to Obamacare.
“One of the problems is, if a policymaker is a political leader and is covered primarily by the political press, there is a craving that borders on addictive to have a storyline,” said Clinton. “And then, once people settle on the storyline, there is a craving that borders on blindness, to shoehorn every fact, every development, everything that happens into the storyline, even if it’s not the story.”
Clinton went on to say that public policy is often “dimly understood,” and often “distrusted and disconnected from the consequences of the policies being implemented,” adding that he felt that most intensely in the development, the passage and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Funny, I don’t recall Clinton being critical of the media when they were being blinded by Democratic propaganda about Obamacare, and heartily endorsed its socialized medicine model as a panacea for our health care system.
The media’s trust of Obama’s and the Democratic Party’ s promises backfired on them as problems surfaced, requiring waivers, delays and extensions in an effort to try and make the law work.
Instead of helping the Democrats, Obamacare has become an albatross around their necks, just as they head into a midterm election. That has Clinton and other high profile Democrats practicing damage control, which has largely failed.
If Bill wants to woo the media in preparation for Hillary’s likely 2016 presidential run, yesterday’s speech was not a good start to that relationship.