CNN loves a clock, whether it’s ticking away the minutes until the government shutdown, the hours the government has been shut down, or even the minutes until an asteroid flies by. Demonstrating the Obamacare sign-up process live on-air isn’t a new idea; MSNBC tried it the first day the exchanges were open, only for the reporter to give up in frustration.
Sean Hannity and others have tried similar experiments, and now, on Day 24, CNN has three “healthy young people” in “The Situation Room” struggling to sign up. It’s not a scientific experiment, but with the clock now passing a full hour with no luck for any of the three, it’s not exactly compelling television either.
CNN is actually showing live coverage of three people who want to sign up for #Obamacare, including a sign-up clock. Just setbacks so far.
— Johannes Schmitt-T. (@schmitt_tegge) October 24, 2013
Someone pitched the idea of having three people sit on laptops and try to sign up to Obamacare live on CNN. Awesome.
— Sean Holihan (@SeanHolihan) October 24, 2013
CNN found a new reason to put up a clock! "Obamacare sign up LIVE" is a great idea! pic.twitter.com/Nh6GxMC8a4
— Jamie Guirola (@jamieNBC6) October 24, 2013
What is happening right now on CNN? Did they get bored because they took down the Debt Ceiling clock? SMH @CNN
— PolitiDiva (@Leah_O_Mc) October 24, 2013
Tom Foreman has his own deck now with CNN staffers failing repeatedly to sign up for ACA. They have a clock counting up.
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) October 24, 2013
Between the countdowns to shutdown/debt ceiling & the timed Obamacare sign-up, I think the "C" in @CNN now stands for "clock"
— Tim Cameron (@TimCameron) October 24, 2013
— dave_latham (@dave_latham) October 24, 2013
@wolfblitzer you should be ashamed of the CNN sign up clock. It's not news. It's Stupid!
— Donald Cushing (@Wasweston) October 24, 2013
It is stupid … that the White House couldn’t build a working website with more than three years’ notice.
— Jennifer Hanks (@ScogginsHanks) October 24, 2013
BREAKING: CNN HAS A NEW CLOCK pic.twitter.com/IYR0qeemuW
— HuffPost Media (@HuffPostMedia) October 24, 2013
Breaking news: HealthCare.gov is broken. Where’s @HealthCareTara to clear up this obvious lie?
CNN has some exciting television right now. Three folks trying to sign up for #obamacare live. 45 mins so far, and no dice.
— Justin T. Johnson (@jus10j) October 24, 2013
— johnny dollar (@johnnydollar01) October 24, 2013