High Court ruling on ObamaCare
A look at media coverage before and after
- Duration 7:29
- Date Jun 30, 2012
A look at media coverage before and after
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This is a day for the history books the US Supreme Court has said the Obama health care law is constitutional.
And therefore the law of the lambs tonight Health Care Reform is the law.
The way it was the most important single effort of the Obama administration and today it became the most important Supreme Court decision of the past several years.
The supreme court's ruling on obamacare president Obama's signature legislative achievement his health care law survived today.
TV news coverage there of the supreme court's historic health care ruling and hear some of the newspaper headlines.
From the LA times health care law stands Roberts decides -- liberal justices in a major victory for Obama.
From the Washington Post health care law upheld -- Roberts joins liberal wing of court says mandate is attacks.
From the Chicago Tribune.
Landmark decision upholds health care law Roberts casts surprise swing vote.
And from the New York Times justices by five to four uphold health care law Robertson majority.
Victory for Obama.
So Jim what about the headlines -- they tell the whole story.
Where they tell us that.
Justice Roberts is growing.
-- eyes of the media.
Years ago that some wiseguy and DC -- the phrase greenhouse effect to describe the process by which the New York Times reporter Linda Greenhouse was.
Courage to torts and sprinklers to move the -- -- -- and her direction and sure enough.
From Washington Post on Friday as -- nice -- picture of John obviously didn't as the week goes slightly good.
How he is honestly.
-- liberal organization yeah.
Before the decision Chris Matthews on MSNBC.
You've said that John Roberts could be compared to a civil war era Supreme Court judge -- upheld the Dred Scott a slave act.
And -- the same Chris Matthews after this vote.
Praises Roberts as bold defiance and a hero who upheld obamacare.
Yes I'm I'm beginning to feel that thrill up my.
-- look and -- the bias is so obvious.
Justice chief Justice Roberts agrees with the liberals and upholds the president's signature legislation and suddenly he's -- -- But that's not the way the legal media are covering the legal media see his reasoning.
And his about face as well an about face and Jefferies.
Steps Smith on.
I -- legal scholar who is -- First Amendment scholar.
Jeff Stone forgive me said.
Justice Ginsburg took him apart.
And called his reasoning horrible broccoli or broccoli horrible.
I think that ultimately when people step back and look at what he has done.
-- great many media analysts are now gonna have to focus on the fact.
That he switched rationales.
To do a very political thing he did not want the Supreme Court to knock down.
His signature piece of legislation at some conservative.
Media say that he just narrowly reads the constitution.
And says that essentially if the congress and the administration -- -- pass bad law it's not up to the Supreme Court to fix.
Well movement conservatives are very very angry -- -- actually very few conservatives who are coming to his defense this is only a couple but I can think.
So I you know but it in terms of the media coverage I I think that TV.
Clips you showed we're very -- -- historic this is a victory for Obama on the substance the political -- this is a different thing.
-- and newspaper headlines I think there's a bias is a clear bias actually.
Because it's not really true that he sided with the liberals he he ruled with them but his reasoning was completely different than others.
So how was he treated -- conservative.
Press in particular.
You know I think the conservative press clearly gets the politics of this.
Justice Roberts gave Obama a win on the legal grounds but he really saddled him with a terrible.
Scarlet T if you will it's it's now he has to go into the campaign season -- The label of a taxer and I think the conservative media gets that they would much rather have the political win.
Then this legal win and and I think that it's going to be reflective as the Romney campaign Steve speaks out.
But the press missed that they only focused on the legal aspect even though in the lead up.
All we heard is the the political aspects of judge Roberts.
And what his court was going to mean I'm politically because he was as Jim says conservative going up and tell -- decision.
And then from NBC's David Gregory we have this.
Health Care Reform was part passed on a party line vote.
What happens if it is struck down in part or in whole.
By a five to four decision would -- not underscore how dysfunctional.
Our government is the major institutions of our government are.
That is a real nightmare scenario I think for the political class in this country.
He has spoken publicly.
About how on big controversial decisions he thinks a 54 majority on the court over time undermines.
The Supreme Court.
And only fuels the view that our major political institutions are too polarized.
He's taken a big step here he's going to be cheered for -- out by some on the right and the left criticize I'm sure as well by some on the right.
So we got a 54 decision and the liberal media -- -- -- it.
Of course because the liberal leaning media I -- but this is -- that but we're not hearing yet that is the political impact of this decision.
It's going could be huge I think I'm a little surprised that Romney did not take advantage of the moment.
He did talk about the elements.
That he would have been his -- he said he was gonna repeal it.
And the next it's the first day in office and David from wrote good luck with that.
What about the opinion that some in the media have expressed that this could be a win win -- Mitt Romney well I mean as anchors and and and Rick both alluded to.
-- -- -- Pretty influential like Charles Carter and George will both sort of made the argument that look -- this is robbers now declared this to be the giant.
Biggest tax increase in the history of the universe.
And -- Obama have to Wear it and as as a lot of observers have noted the polls show by about a fifteen or twenty point margin of people of them Americans still oppose.
Obamacare as a thing and if if next four months of Obama's defending it that that that's a negative form so how does this.
Change through the ways the media cover the race for president here's.
Lot easy I actually -- -- -- camp of it being upheld was the best case scenario for -- -- -- has a different position on this -- I think it would -- struck down because then he wouldn't have to -- -- health -- was.
Going to be part of the debate it's not actually something most who are voting on according Gallup only 6% of people -- -- even as the top issue.
But it was still going to be part of the debate there's no way Obama can get away from the central.
You know issue and the media -- are on his side on this for the most part in saying that you know and that they're gonna say now what this constitutional.