John Avlon

Covering Up Dem LIES: CNN Calls Trump 'Pinocchio' on ObamaCare

August 3rd, 2020 1:56 PM

On Monday’s New Day, CNN guest host Erica Hill played senior political analyst John Avlon’s “reality check” segment to attack President Trump for wanting to dismantle ObamaCare. Ignoring Democratic lies that sold the law and the general failure of the policy, Avlon had the gall to accuse President Trump of lying about health care and trying to repeal ObamaCare for political gain, “no…


Krugman's Latest Howler: Obama Was 'Remarkably Honest About' ObamaCare

August 2nd, 2017 12:46 PM
It's clear that Paul Krugman at the New York Times could hardly wait to submit his latest column, a Monday polemic which predictably celebrated Republicans' recent failure to roll back ObamaCare. Krugman ventured even further into the realm of fantasy than usual when he conferred nearly angelic status on former President Barack Obama and his administration. His claim: "The Obama administration…

Gruber Frets GOPers 'Explicitly Lying,' Not Just 'Bending Truth'

July 25th, 2017 8:05 PM
Appearing as a guest on Tuesday's MSNBC Live, ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber -- infamous for advising President Barack Obama to deceive the public to get ObamaCare passed -- claimed that now, unlike in the past when politicians were just "bending the truth," now they are "explicitly lying" as Republicans prepare to move ahead on repealing ObamaCare.

Not The Onion: MSNBC Brings on Gruber in Attempt to Fact-Check Trump

December 29th, 2016 12:40 PM
Here’s a story that you can’t make up, folks. In an attempt to fact-check President-elect Donald Trump on his claim of Sprint bringing jobs back to the United States, Wednesday’s The Last Word turned to none other than ObamaCare architect and deception artist Jonathan Gruber for two segments to inform MSNBC viewers where Trump went wrong and struggled with facts. 

Maria Bartiromo Brutally Schools Jonathan Gruber on Obamacare Job Loss

November 15th, 2016 4:02 PM
OUCH! Remind me to never get on the bad side of Maria Bartiromo. After watching Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber wither during her incisive interview Tuesday on Fox News' Mornings With Maria one could almost feel sorry for the guy. Almost. What riled up Bartiromo was Gruber's smug assertion of no job losses due to Obamacare despite Bartiromo citing business executives telling her the opposite…

Politico's Grunwald Denies Jonathan Gruber was Obamacare Architect

September 13th, 2016 9:08 PM
If Donald Trump said it, then it must be false. That seems to be the philosophy of many liberals, including Politico senior staff writer Michael Grunwald. In this case, Trump correctly described Jonathan Gruber as the architect of ObamaCare in a speech today in Des Moines, Iowa. Gruber was once embraced by liberals and was praised by them many times over and over and over again as the "architect…

WashPost ObamaCare Article Barely Cites Gruber as 'an Economist'

August 28th, 2016 10:50 AM
If you are writing an article about the failure of ObamaCare, Health-care exchange sign-ups fall far short of forecasts, wouldn't the primary person you would want to quote at length be the one generally acknowledged as the disgraced architect of that plan, Jonathan Gruber? Of course. And yet Carolyn Y. Johnson of the Washington Post only provided a short quote from Gruber buried deep within the…

Vox's Kliff Finally Returns to Reveal Really Bad Obamacare News

December 14th, 2015 1:15 PM
Last Friday your humble correspondent noted the absence of Sarah Kliff on the topic of ObamaCare and now he is unhumble enough to believe that this put pressure on her to return to that painful topic today at Vox after nearly a month of avoiding it. As you can read, poor Sarah seems to have gone from acting like a cheerleader aboard a sinking Titanic to taking on the role of radio reporter…

Jonathan Who? AP, NY Times Set the Stage For Gruber News Blackout

June 23rd, 2015 10:55 PM
Two recent NewsBusters posts have demonstrated that the major broadcast networks other than Fox News have failed to cover new information reported Sunday evening at the Wall Street Journal. Newly available emails reveal that MIT's Jonathan Gruber "worked more closely than previously known with the White House and top federal officials to shape" the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Monday…

Nets Again Skip E-Mails Showing Gruber’s Deeper WH Role on ObamaCare

June 23rd, 2015 12:23 AM
The top English and Spanish-language broadcast networks again ignored on Monday night a new development in the Jonathan Gruber saga as new e-mails have surfaced that revealed how his role with the White House on ObamaCare was more detailed than previously thought. As initially reported by The Wall Street Journal, e-mails “show frequent consultations between Mr. Gruber and top Obama administration…

Mark Halperin Apologizes to Republicans For Believing WH on Gruber

June 22nd, 2015 2:32 PM
Are you so gullible as to place your faith in the credibility of the current White House? If so, you might have to find yourself end up eating crow and apologizing to the skeptics for your gullibility as happened to Bloomberg Politics managing editor Mark Halperin on Morning Joe today. Halperin's apology came on the heels of a report yesterday in the Wall Street Journal that despite previous…

Jonathan Gruber Absent From NYT Article on Obamacare Wording 'Mistake'

May 26th, 2015 2:06 PM
Say my name. ---Walter White aka Heisenberg in Breaking Bad. New York Times writer Robert Pear  knows his name but he didn't say it in his article about how four words in the Obamacare law was simply a mistake. Pear quotes a number of people involved in the law's writing process but fails to mention the one who was acknowledged as the architect of Obamacare...until it became politically…

Vox's Sarah Kliff: Please Believe in Gruber's Obamacare Integrity

March 2nd, 2015 12:00 PM
Please believe in the integrity of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber. If he disavowed his own remarks, emphatically repeated several times on video, that only state based health exchanges were eligible for subsidies you can believe this honorable gentleman. Such is the attitude of General Electric Vox's Sarah Kliff as she regales us with the history of the King vs Burwell case which will be…

Nets Skip Gruber, ObamaCare, Hong Kong During Year in Review Roundups

December 31st, 2014 11:33 AM
Each of the network morning shows devoted some time on Wednesday to looking back at the biggest news stories of year and, while they certainly could not have included every story in the allotted time, they all failed to spend even a few seconds on topics such as Jonathan Gruber, pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, President Obama’s unpopularity, and the Hobby Lobby case to name a few. In…