While many of us were baffled by President ShamWow’s bizarre Obamacare infomercial yesterday, Salon’s Joan Walsh was much more worried about the liberal media — but not in the way you might hope:
Will POTUS calm tone reassure liberal journos freaking out over http://t.co/W4IovzbiaX or anger them? Stay tuned…
— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) October 21, 2013
That’s right. Walsh is concerned about usually-reliable liberal lapdogs making Obamacare look bad with honest coverage:
— Salon.com (@Salon) October 21, 2013
From the piece linked above:
As predictably as night follows day, on Monday the media establishment pivoted away from obsessing about GOP extremism and the party’s alleged “civil war” to the “train wreck” that is, allegedly, the Affordable Care Act.
And liberals helped lead the pivot.
The president is also frustrated, of course, because people who hate the ACA are heartened by its Web troubles, and he had a word for them, too. “It’s time for folks to stop rooting for its failure, because hardworking middle-class families are rooting for its success.” Later he added, “Nobody is madder than me that the website isn’t working the way it should, which means it’s going to get fixed.”
He’s frustrated, you guys! So cut him some slack.
Klein was stunned:
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) October 22, 2013
Sorry, Ezra, but we could’ve told you this would happen.
— RockyMtnGirl (@apple17_8) October 22, 2013
Sycophancy is gospel. Don’t stray from the lapdog plantation unless you want to get sucker-punched:
In which Joan Walsh *finally* owns up to having no intellectual integrity. http://t.co/QACVSNDQVl
— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) October 22, 2013
— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) October 22, 2013
— Alex Pappas (@AlexPappas) October 22, 2013
— Marc Landers (@marclanders) October 22, 2013
— Brian Cates (@drawandstrike) October 22, 2013
@lachlan To be fair to Joan Walsh, liberal reporters often act as White House adjuncts, so it can get confusing.
— Kevin Glass (@KevinWGlass) October 22, 2013
— #NeverTrump (@chevesligon) October 22, 2013
— Attorney-at-LOL (@JayAivaz) October 22, 2013
— Chad Edwards (@KillerEagle1) October 22, 2013
— nickAD (@nickybones) October 22, 2013
Walsh’s Salon colleague Brian Beutler didn’t have a problem with Klein’s reporting, either, and he said so in a column of his own:
Uh oh. Has Joan Walsh seen this? MUTINY on the H.M.S. Salon! http://t.co/SSqjXLlohX
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) October 22, 2013
— Greg Anrig (@GregAnrig) October 22, 2013
Thank you, @brianbeutler: " I disagree with my colleague Joan Walsh, who argues that liberal writers should dial back their criticisms."
— Suzy Khimm (@SuzyKhimm) October 22, 2013
Allow us to do some honest reporting, if we may: Joan Walsh is a hack. She has no redeeming journalistic value whatsoever.
@joanwalsh I’m following your hilarious example. You set the standard for self parody.
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) October 22, 2013
That’s as close as Walsh will ever come to standards.