Today President Obama held his promised healthcare summit with congressional leaders. Here is how the various media outlets portrayed the day’s events. Some outlets had many stories on the summit; others only one.

For anyone who has been following this Rashomon series and who monitors the headlines at Huffington Post, you will notice that HP has made a startling about-face recently. The site is inexplicably back to supporting the president for the most part. I’d love to know why and how long this will last. At the same time, Drudge seems to be stepping up its rhetoric in the headlines.

Obama, GOP fail to reach accord on health bill
Campaign Flashback: McCain clashes with Obama

ABC News
Health Care Summit Yields Little Agreement

Obama urges soul-searching
Obama, Republicans clash at health summit
Obama dominates the room at healthcare summit
Fate of Obama healthcare up to Democrats

NY Times
President Urges Focus on Common Ground

LA Times
More than health reform hangs in the balance at summit

BBC News
No breakthrough on US healthcare

Wall Street Journal
Partisan Gap Mars Summit

Dems, GOP may not bridge health gap

Huffington Post
The Talk is Over
Health care summit goes 7.5 hours
‘Fabulous,’ ‘Useful,’ say GOP leaders
McCain & Obama Spar
Watch: President schools GOP’s Boehner

Still stalemated after summit

Fox News
Obama’s Ultimatum
Did Summit Accomplish Anything?
Obama Readying Plan B?
Obama, McCain Fireworks
FOX FORUM: A Health Summit With no Scientists
Fox News Polls: Sharp Divide on Health Bill

Now What?
News channels quickly lost interest in summit
‘I don’t count my time because I’m the President’ — Obama on why Dems had double the speaking time
TIMES OF LONDON: Obama bores America into submission
Pelosi: Health Reform Will Create 400,000 Jobs ‘Almost Immediately’…
CNN Poll: Only 25% want Dems to pass their health bills….
McCain invokes 2008 campaign promise at summit…
President scolds Rep. Cantor for bills on desk…
Biden: ‘It’s easy being vice president — you don’t have to do anything’…

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The London Times is owned by Rupert Murdoch, no surprise in the lie of the headline there.

I watched the whole summit on C-Span and the only boring part were the Repubs who tried to dominate the “speak” but were very unsuccessful when your President swatted their talking points like an errant fly on his shoulder. Makes me wonder if we all watched the same summit or if the Murdoch lackeys were watching through their opened/closed fingers as Obama flattened and squashed their pointless and mindless drivel.

What I came away with in those almost 8 hours of being lulled to sleep by the GOP members, is that not one of them has actually read the whole bill, if they had they could have stopped wasting everyone’s time with their suggestions which were already contained in the the bill and would have had more time to spout their remaining nonsense without complaining that their allotted time was less than the Dems there. How pathetic all round for the party of NO.


Paul Krugman wrote a good piece in the New York Times –

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This is a great collection, e’cat. My favorite headline is from the Times.

HP may be getting less hostile, but its headlines are still woefully silly. “Health care summit goes 7.5 hours” Really? That’s what they got out of the meeting?

Thanks. I love this feature.

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Really like legislators have anything better to do, especially Repubs who have nothing to do.

The spin was amazing though. The summit was never to do anything. The summit was a forum to express each parties ideas. That’s why the Dems spent so much longer because Repubs have no ideas.

Covering 3,000,000 more people, really that’s all the GOP has.

Of course that would have been my Rashomon headline.


e’cat, you always do a great job on these and I always appreciate them.
(hardball is starting off with the O/McGrumpy flap. Like that is the main story)


I for one am pleased at HuffPo turning around from the constant bashing of Obama. I have a feeling that they have been receiving a lot of complaints and being that they seem most swayed by what produces the most traffic, I wonder if traffic has been dropping off there?

In any case, whether it’s sincere or not, I welcome it.


I noticed it, too. I think two things may be happening in addition to what you mentioned. HP is being cited more and referenced more in reputable sources like the Post and the Times, and MSNBC. It can’t continue to be a tabloid if it wants to keep the cache that comes with that kind of exposure.

Second, there have been a number of articles around the web on reputable sites dissing HP for inaccuracies, bias, and silliness.

Those two things together are probably driving the change as much as the complaints and any drop in traffic.

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The funny part is that most of the posters don’t seem to notice though. Huffy created a monster and getting it back in the bottle is got gonna happen. They probably lost so clicks and giggles which affects the bottom line, ad money. It’s hardly benevolence on their part. I’m waiting for another leaderless theme even when Obama is leading.