"My 75-year-old Canadian girlfriend was denied treatment because she was too old. She died recently."
Obama is the celebrity politician. Every time he campaigns, he wears a human shield made out of celebrities. And his media corps panics very badly when a celebrity criticizes him. Because when your main strength is taking photos with famous people to cadge some of their cool, that's also your weakness.
Suzanne Somers wrote a Wall Street Journal post describing her experiences with the Canadian health care system.
My sister-in-law had to wait two months to get a General Practitioner. During this period she spent her days in bed vomiting continuously, unable to get any food or drink down because she couldn’t get an appointment with the doctor. When she finally did, the doctor said, “Oh you don’t need me, you need a specialist.” That took another two weeks until she got a pill that corrected the problem.
Really, is this what we want?
All of my husband’s cousins are doctors. Several have moved to the U.S. because after their years of intensive schooling, they want to reap financial rewards. My 75-year-old Canadian girlfriend was denied treatment because she was too old. She died recently, having been given palliative care. That’s all the system would allow.
Those aren't points that liberals want to hear out there because they would scare the hell out of exactly the kind of ordinary Americans who might listen to her.
Like losing your health plan, these points are all true of course, which is exactly why they have to be lied about until they become reality.
So suddenly liberal pundits began targeting a former sitcom actress. Most harped on the three corrections in the post. Let's look at those corrections now.
Somers pointed to a Canadian magazine article that criticized that country's nationalized health care system by arguing that animals could get better care than human beings. But in her original post, Somers mistakenly recalled which animal was pictured on the cover: It was a dog, not a horse.
Oh no! Suzanne Somers couldn't remember the exact detail of a magazine cover that she saw a few years ago in a blog post.
But that's enough for the LA Times decided to dedicate an entire article to attacking Somers, to call her post "error-ridden". The other two "grievous errors" involved disputed quotes from Churchill and Lenin.
Disputed quotes are not a big deal. Most of the famous quotes people use all the time are disputed in some ways. Take the famous quote used by the same liberal pundits all the time, "All it takes for the triumph of evil..." That's disputed. The same goes for many other widely used quotes which on examination turn out to be reworded or rewritten versions of what someone actually said.
The WSJ wrote that the quotes were disputed. The liberal critics claimed that the quotes were errors. Which is itself an error. So the critics of Somers' "error-ridden" post are themselves ridden with errors. Or ridden by errors.
And who screwed up that Burke quote? The genius philosopher known as John F. Kennedy, who had a tendency to write error-prone things. I bet he didn't even remember the exact details of magazine covers he saw years ago.
Now let's just remember that ObamaCare is named after a guy who thought that "Austrian" was a language and that there were 57 states. But that's okay. Mitt Romney was "gaffe-prone" because he suggested that Israelis perform better economically for cultural reasons. What a moron!
Anyway, we have an LA Times article, an Atlantic hit piece, sneering contempt from Jonathan Chait at the even more contemptible New York Magazine, and the same thing from Slate, MSNBC... and for some bizarre reason, Andrew Ryan of the Canadian Globe and Mail, which apparently had nothing better to do with its time than slam an American celebrity in a debate over American health care.
Most of the slams are mind-numbingly repetitive. The three GREAT ERRORS. Somers playing a "dumb blonde" on a sitcom and now writing as an expert. A thighmaster queen actually daring to offer her opinion... when it isn't that Obama is the greatest thing since spoiled tacos.
It's a testament to how uncreative liberal journalism is that every single attack on Somers encompasses the same snark and the same talking points. All the attacks read like they were written by a committee.
Call it the Jornolist Committee to Protect Barack Obama From Any And All Criticism