Un­done by the ‘stupid’ peo­ple

New me­dia make it dif­fi­cult for elit­ists to de­ceive

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - By Tammy Bruce

It’s the smug, ar­ro­gant, elit­ist at­ti­tude heard around the world. In MIT pro­fes­sor and Oba­macare ar­chi­tect Jonathan Gru­ber’s case, you can hear his at­ti­tude even be­fore he en­ters a room. For the man who de­scribes the Amer­i­can peo­ple as stupid, ei­ther di­rectly or in some vari­a­tion, with his com­ments cap­tured now on mul­ti­ple video­tapes, Mr. Gru­ber seems to be prov­ing that he has an is­sue with pro­jec­tion.

Yet if you re­lied on the main­stream me­dia, you would have a hard time learn­ing about the inside story from one of the law’s ar­chi­tects. For days, ABC, CBS and NBC ig­nored the story al­to­gether. The New York Times fi­nally ad­dressed it days after it made in­ter­na­tional news through new me­dia, The Wash­ing­ton Times and Fox News. How did The New York Times ap­proach it? With a snarky, dis­mis­sive blog post, only on­line. If you rely on the pa­per ver­sion of the Gray Lady, you’d never know this was hap­pen­ing.

For­tu­nately for the Amer­i­can peo­ple, it has been brought to our at­ten­tion by a thing called the “In­ter­net,” and so-called con­ser­va­tive me­dia out­lets, which are cat­e­go­rized as such be­cause they dare to cover ev­ery­thing that is of in­ter­est to us, even if it runs con­trary to what the po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment may deem in our best in­ter­est.

Newsbuster­s.org, a project of the Me­dia Re­search Cen­ter, has been keep­ing tabs on how the Old Me­dia have been cov­er­ing this story. As of Fri­day, nei­ther ABC nor NBC has cov­ered the rev­e­la­tion at all, ei­ther on­line or in print.

As Newsbuster­s Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­i­tor Tim Gra­ham put it: “The na­tional me­dia ... have largely re­acted to the Gru­ber story like it is a virus that should be care­fully quar­an­tined.” To its credit, The Wash­ing­ton Post cov­ered the story very quickly, yet at this time, not a word in The Los An­ge­les Times or USA To­day.

The ex­po­sure of this im­por­tant story high­lights the mon­u­men­tal im­pact that new me­dia al­low the in­di­vid­ual. Dave Weigel at Bloomberg pro­duced an ex­cel­lent pro­file of the “mild-man­nered in­vest­ment ad­vi­sor who’s hu­mil­i­at­ing the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion over Oba­macare.”

Mr. Weigel talks to Rich We­in­stein, who de­scribes him­self as an “in­vest­ment ad­vi­sor … I’m a no­body… .” Mr. We­in­stein is one of those “stupid” peo­ple Mr. Gru­ber de­scribes, as he be­lieved the pres­i­dent when he said we could keep our health plan. When Mr. We­in­stein’s own plan got can­celed and he had to take one with a pre­mium that costs twice as much, he de­cided to look into what all th­ese “ar­chi­tects” of the law had been say­ing.

Mr. Weigel de­scribes what hap­pened next: “We­in­stein’s scoop went around the world in a hurry. Amer­i­can Com­mit­ment, a con­ser­va­tive 501(c)(4) founded by Americans for Pros­per­ity veteran Phil Ker­pen, pub­lished the clip on its YouTube chan­nel. Ker­pen pro­moted it through tweets, which quickly be­came live cov­er­age of the me­dia out­lets dis­cov­er­ing Gru­ber.”

This is why the po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment hates the In­ter­net — it al­lows reg­u­lar peo­ple, in­di­vid­u­als, to change the world. This in it­self presents a dan­ger to tyran­ni­cal regimes ev­ery­where, and to Amer­i­can ad­min­is­tra­tions that rely on keep­ing you in the dark.

It must have been rather sur­pris­ing to Mr. Gru­ber and all his “Masters of the Uni­verse” friends to be un­done by a few “stupid” peo­ple. But then again, when you’re dis­tracted by the beauty of your own navel, you may tend to un­der­es­ti­mate the peo­ple you’re ly­ing to.

The Amer­i­can peo­ple aren’t stupid, but the main­stream me­dia work very hard at keep­ing us ig­no­rant. They’re fail­ing at that, too.

In var­i­ous video­tapes, Mr. Gru­ber didn’t limit his con­fes­sions to his opin­ion about cog­ni­tive acu­ity of the Amer­i­can peo­ple. He also let spill the at­ti­tude fu­el­ing the de­vel­op­ment of Oba­macare in gen­eral: a strange com­bi­na­tion of ar­ro­gance, clue­less­ness and, ul­ti­mately, de­ceit.

Para­phras­ing Mr. Gru­ber, the Amer­i­can peo­ple were too stupid to ac­cept a mas­sive re­dis­tri­bu­tion of wealth dis­guised as health in­surance, so they had to be lied to. We are too stupid to un­der­stand how taxes on the evil in­surance com­pa­nies are ac­tu­ally taxes on us. Oba­macare’s ar­chi­tects pro­moted it as some­thing that would de­crease health care costs, but they ac­tu­ally had no idea what would hap­pen with costs. They just said that to the Amer­i­can peo­ple be­cause they saw in a poll that it was im­por­tant to stupid, silly vot­ers.

This en­vi­ron­ment ex­plains the out­right lie by Pres­i­dent Obama that we could keep our plans, doc­tors and hos­pi­tals. Pe­riod. Most nor­mal peo­ple could never imag­ine a pres­i­dent ly­ing so specif­i­cally about things so dra­mat­i­cally im­por­tant, but he did.

At the time, I noted to my ra­dio au­di­ence that ly­ing like that is like eat­ing potato chips — you can’t have just one. To be so brazen about some­thing that will be dis­cov­ered as a lie means this is how you’re do­ing business in gen­eral. Now we know de­cep­tion is at the heart of the very foun­da­tion of the law it­self.

As the new Oba­macare en­roll­ment win­dow takes af­fect this week, how much longer will the Repub­li­cans and se­ri­ous Democrats al­low this de­lib­er­ate lie to de­stroy the lives of the Amer­i­can peo­ple? Tammy Bruce is a ra­dio talk-show host, au­thor and Fox News contributo­r.

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