Gruber and Iraq WMD: a tale of two deceptions

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Okay, I admit it. My headline is a bit of a troll but now that you’re reading stick with me for a few minutes.

The Gruber story continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. While Dr. Gruber has been prolific in puffing up his role, the administration has pulled out all the stops to deny Gruber was anything other than one of the many, many Jon Gruber’s you can find in phonebooks across the nation. Our own Ben Howe gives a two-minute tour of the denials

At The Federalist (if you aren’t reading it you should be), Sean Davis takes aim at the Gruber Truthers who are trying to diminish his role. It is an epic takedown.

The fact remains

The CBO used Gruber’s model to score Obamacare.

Gruber was a paid adviser to CBO and two of his grad students assisted in scoring Obamacare.

Gruber was at the White House so frequently that he may have had a cot and sleeping bag stored there.

Now comes Chuck Todd. I don’t have any particular ax to grind with Todd. I’ve never seen his show and I’ve only seen him on occasional interviews. I drag him into this as an exemplar of the mindset that has put a virtual omerta on Grubergate. Via RealClearPolitics:

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STEVE MALZBERG, HOST: Bias in the media.

CHUCK TODD, NBC: Yes, sir.

MALZBERG: Is there bias in the media on the left?

TODD: I think there is cultural bias is what I always talk about. The bias stems from the fact that the news media is headquartered in New York City. I’ve always felt that the cultural bias on issues on like religion, particularly social issues, where there is this feeling, middle America feels New York imposes more of its cultural values. I think that is what has created this perception that therefore all media leans left. I think culturally it is there. I don’t think it’s as pervasive as some believe on the right. I think that the cultural stuff is what makes it credible.

MALZBERG: Why did it take nine days once the Gruber video came out, you talked about it on Meet the Press just the other day, but the networks, nine days before they talked about it.

TODD: Well, you know —

MALZBERG: And now it’s a huge story!

TODD: I’m not saying it’s not a story. Look, I’m not in charge of any of those newscasts, but what is the …read more    

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