Fox Anchor says CNBC 'silenced' her coverage of Obamacare
An anchor for Fox Business Network who used to work for CNBC told viewers that her superiors at the network "silenced" her reporting on Obamacare, telling her she was "disrespecting the office of the president" by pointing out that Obamacare's math didn't add up.
Fox Business Network anchor Melissa Francis said she was “silenced” by CNBC when management told her she was “disrespecting the office of the president” by reporting about Obamacare.
Francis highlighted Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s comments about the “stupidity” of American voters and the administration intentionally misleading the public about what’s in the law and said in her experience, some of the media helped to hide the truth about the law.
“It’s shocking, but it doesn’t surprise me because when I was at CNBC, I pointed out to my viewers that the math of Obamacare simply didn’t work,” Francis said Friday. “Not the politics by the way, but just the basic math. And when I did that, I was silenced.”
Francis pointed out that she has an economics degree from Harvard University and said she was simply trying to explain the math behind Obamacare to her viewers — the same math Gruber has candidly admitted the administration tried to hide.
“I said on the air that you couldn’t add millions of people to the system and force insurance companies to cover their pre-existing conditions without raising the price on everyone else,” Francis said. “I pointed out that it couldn’t possibly be true that if you like your plan, you can keep it. That was a lie. And in facts, millions of people had their plans canceled.”
Francis said she was called into a meeting with CNBC management (she would not specify names) and told she was “disrespecting the office of the president.”
This isn't surprising, of course, but it raises an interesting question.
How many other reporters over the years had a little chat with their superiors about negative coverage of the Obama administration?
Most journalists would be embarassed to come forward and admit they tanked their stories because of their bosses' support of President Obama. Then there are those reporters who "self-censored" in covering the White House. This was certainly true regarding every major scandal involving the administration, whether it was Benghazi, Fast and Furious, or especially the IRS scandal.
Efforts to narrowly define "journalist" under the law – leaving out those who actually uncover administration lies – would be the final nail in the coffin of a free press. Most of the media simply can't be trusted with the responsibility of fully informing us of what the government is doing – not when ideology and politics drive their reporting.