You don't get mad at a dog for being a dog

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on February 10, 2014

And you shouldn't get angry at a lefty hack for being a lefty hack.

I don't blame MIT Economist Jonathan Gruber for this laughable piece of analysis that purports to claim that Obamacare is a net gain to the economy less than a week after the Congressional Budget Office released a report that estimated Obamacare will reduce employment by 2.5 million full-time equivalent positions over the next decade.

Who I do blame is the Los Angeles Times for their vanilla tagline describing Mr. Gruber.

Jonathan Gruber is a professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network.

What the Times didn't bother to tell its readers is that Mr. Gruber has been paid almost $300,000 by the Obama administration for "special studies and analysis" of health care bills.

This is pretty poor journalism not to disclose this fact, but not unexpected by the left-leaning editorial page.

Don't let journalists sell you on their unbiased umpire who calls 'em as they see 'em schtick. The difference between journalism now and journalism more than a decade ago is that journalists in 20th century at least made an effort to fake impartiality.

Journalism. Wound. Self-inflicted.

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They don't want states, SCOTUS (at least not one that protects individual rights) or Senate. They want direct national control--& they want corporations to help implement policies & shut down expression that threatens them. I just wish they knew the definition of "fascist"

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