Noel Sheppard

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Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014. More here about Noel's contributions to NewsBusters and tributes to him upon his passing.

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He's considered one of the finest catchers to ever play the game.

Despite this, Hall of Famer Johnny Bench announced via Twitter Monday that his insurance has been cancelled:

Washington Times columnist Charles Hurt wrote a piece Tuesday claiming that cancer survivor Edie Littlefield Sundby losing her health insurance as a result of ObamaCare proved former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s point regarding death panels.

Hurt took this position further with Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg Wednesday saying that President Obama and the media think “government should be God” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Barack Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment took quite a hit on television Wednesday.

After Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood mocked it during the Country Music Association Awards, NBC Tonight Show host Jay Leno said the President is “better off smoking crack than passing ObamaCare” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

ObamaCare has become such a disaster that it was openly mocked during the Country Music Association Awards Wednesday.

Early in the program, hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood sang “ObamaCare By Morning” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Much like kids, liberal media members say the darnedest things.

Consider MSNBC’s Ed Schultz who actually said Wednesday, “Chris Christie’s win in Jersey is a good sign for Hillary Clinton” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

It appears the folks at PolitiFact are trying to make amends for calling President Obama's "You can keep your plan if you like it" pledge "Half True."

On Wednesday, the fact-checking organization looked at the President's recent explanation of what he said - "Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed" - and gave it a Pants on Fire:

Just as Hillary Clinton's poll numbers took a drop, she's decided to ban the press from two events she's appearing at in San Francisco Saturday.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday:

As NewsBusters reported Monday, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had been asked to do David Letterman's Top Ten List on the CBS Late Show election night.

Most of her offerings Tuesday were somewhat apolitical, but the top thing "You Never Knew About the House of Representatives" was "The Tea Party isn't nearly as much fun as it sounds" (video follows with partial transcript and commentary):

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews moments ago said “Democrat Terry McAuliffe is leading” in Virginia’s governor’s race.

Rather deliciously, he said this with a graphic on screen showing Republican Ken Cuccinelli up 53-37 (video follows with transcript and commentary):

There really is nothing MSNBC’s Ed Schultz won’t say about conservatives.

In response to a viewer question “What do Christian values mean to Republicans,” Schultz said Tuesday, “It's just a stepping stone, a footstool, to get exactly what they want in the political arena. They hide behind their plastic Jesus” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Governor Chris Christie (R-N.J.) had some advice for President Obama concerning his new claim concerning what he meant when he told Americans they could keep their health insurance plans if they liked them.

Speaking with CNN’s Jake Tapper on The Lead Tuesday, Christie said, “Don’t be so cute…When you make a mistake, admit it.”

As NewsBusters has been reporting, CBS News has been one of the press outlets totally willing to expose the disaster that is the ObamaCare rollout.

On Monday, Sharyl Attkisson did a fabulous report on the CBS Evening News revealing that “four days before the launch the government took an unusual step: it granted itself a waiver to launch the website with a level of uncertainty deemed as a high security risk” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Ed Schultz on Monday spent half of his program praising the Kentucky health insurance exchange whilst playing lengthy clips of an interview he did with that state’s Democratic governor.

As Schultz held Steve Beshear and his state up as the gold standard for how ObamaCare can work, the MSNBC host didn’t ask his guest about the high percentage of exchange enrollees that were applying for Medicaid or a recent report from the state’s Department of Insurance predicting that 280,000 Kentuckians would lose their policies as a result of the law.

There are some key elections happening at the gubernatorial level Tuesday that people will be playing close attention to.

As such, the folks at CBS thought this would be a great time to bring House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on to the Late Show to present David Letterman's Top Ten List.

How desperate is the White House to counter complaints from Americans losing their health insurance as a result of ObamaCare?

Consider senior White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer who in response to a Wall Street Journal op-ed by a cancer survivor Monday actually tweeted an article from the far-left website ThinkProgress contesting the patient's claim:

As NewsBusters reported earlier, the New York Times embarrassed itself Sunday with an editorial astonishingly claiming President Obama "misspoke" when he told Americans they could keep their health insurance plans if they liked them.

Fox News host Greta Van Susteren couldn't wait until Monday's On the Record to comment and instead took to her blog to rip the Times as only she can:

Former New York Times editor Bill Keller on Sunday perfectly demonstrated liberal media hypocrisy.

Moments after claiming on CNN's Reliable Sources that people who "deny climate change" shouldn't be given "equal time," he said "be wary of the guy who says he's got the absolute truth" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

“I have never seen anything that flopped the way this thing did.”

So said CBS Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer about the ObamaCare website Sunday (video follows with transcript and commentary):

The Washington Post's Bob Woodward made a spectacularly delicious comment to MSNBC's David Axelrod on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday.

After President Obama's former senior advisor claimed that the administration in 2012 "tested everything" concerning how they could defeat a Republican challenger including polling how an Obama/Clinton ticket would look if Hillary replaced Joe Biden, Woodward said, "Everything but ObamaCare" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan had some more harsh words for the pathetic rollout of ObamaCare Sunday.

Appearing on ABC’s This Week, Noonan said, “It has just been a disaster. I’ve never seen a story quite like this” (video follows with transcript and commentary):