Kurtz: Media Cared More About Lauten ‘Blip’ Than Gruber

Kurtz: Media Cared More About Lauten ‘Blip’ Than Gruber

Fox News Channel Media Analyst and “MediaBuzz” host Howard Kurtz argued that the media paid more attention to comments made by Congressional aide Elizabeth Lauten about the Obama daughters than comments made by Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber even though Lauten’s comments were “a blip” compared to Gruber’s on Tuesday’s “Special Report.”

The Lauten story, “kept mushrooming from the major newspapers, to cable news, to all three network newscasts,” according to Kurtz. He pointed out that there have been controversies over coverage of President Clinton’s and George W. Bush’s children, but that those were stories covered by mainstream media outlets and not “a Facebook post by an obscure Hill staffer.”

He continued, “by contrast when Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber was caught on video saying the law was deceptively sold to a stupid public, the network newscasts took from four to eight days before they covered it. When the Washington Post reported that Senator Harry Reid’s (D-NV) top aide David Krone had ripped the white house for screwing up the Obamacare rollout, TV news barely noticed.”

Kurtz concluded “the attack on the president’s teenagers struck a cord because the media love a simple morality tale. But compared to Obamacare’s impact on the country, it’s a blip on the radar.”

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