March 31, 2014

AP’s Word For Today’s System Crash at HealthCare.gov: ‘Stumble’

The Obamacare-loving press spares no effort in excusing and minimizing the scheme’s operational, systemic, and law-based failures.

Six months after launch, HealthCare.gov still isn’t functioning as intended. In fact, as of 8:47 a.m. this morning, the time stamp on an Associated Press report (also saved here for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes) by chief wire service Obamacare defender Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, the web site wasn’t functioning at all. Did the AP reporter tell readers the system had crashed, or was down? Oh heck no (bolds are mine):

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February 26, 2014

Latest PJ Media Column (‘Destructive Missions, Partially Accomplished’) Is Up

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Friday (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

February 17, 2014

Rove Rips Former Ohio Gov. Strickland, Whose Admin Invaded Joe the Plumber’s Privacy, for Criticizing Christie

Filed under: Privacy/ID Theft,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:29 am

Democrat and former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, who has been “shadowing” Chris Christie while taking every possible opportunity to accuse New Jersey’s GOP Governor of either “lying” or of being “the most inept, incompetent chief executive imaginable,” tried his schtick yesterday morning on Chris Wallace’s Fox News show.

Unfortunately for Ted, establishment Republican and former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove was there to do what the press should have been doing, namely calling out his blatant hypocrisy. But the clever Strickland managed to get in the last word. Viewers not familiar with the details of how Strickland’s Buckeye State government went after Joe the Plumber after his preelection encounter with Barack Obama in October 2008 will likely believe that the argument ended in a standoff. That situation needs to be remedied.

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January 19, 2014

HealthCare.gov’s Lack of Security Is Still a Disgrace, As Is the Press’s Failure to Recognize It

On Thursday, Stephanie Condon at CBS News reported (“Security chief: HealthCare.gov has passed security testing”) that Teresa Fryer, who had recommended against allowing HealthCare.gov going live before its October launch but was overruled, “told Congress … that the Obamacare website passed security testing in December, and she would recommend that its official Authority to Operate (ATO) be extended when the current ATO expires in March.”

On Friday at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, in an otherwise keister-covering dispatch apparently designed to show that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was really, really unaware of the web site’s prelaunch security problems, claimed without qualification that “There have been no successful attacks on the site” — even though by law the government “need never notify customers that their personal information has been hacked or possibly compromised.”

It would appear that Condon and Alonso-Zaldivar deliberately chose to ignore something else which occurred during Thursday’s congressional hearings. Kevin Mitnick, one of the world’s most infamous hackers, “submitted a scathing criticism to a House panel Thursday of ObamaCare’s Healthcare.gov website.” Additionally, on Fox News Sunday, “white hat” hacker David Kennedy contradicted Alonso-Zaldivar’s “no successful attacks” claim by asserting that that the government doesn’t even possess the ability to detect them.

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January 9, 2014

In May, LAT’s McManus Called IRS, DOJ Spying on AP ‘Scandals’; But Now They’re Not

In the competition for most obvious Obama administration apparatchik at the Los Angeles Times (i.e., the biggest tool in the toolbox), Doyle McManus has to be considered a front-runner.

As I noted on Tuesday (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), McManus, in a Sunday column, contended that “President Obama has run into his share of controversies, but none that quite reached scandalhood.” He even petulantly asked, “Does anyone even remember the IRS flap?” McManus was apparently so unconcerned about being seen as inconsistent that he didn’t bother telling readers that he held exactly opposite positions on at least two Obama administration “scandals” — that’s what he called them – just eight months ago (HT to frequent commenter Gary Hall).

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January 7, 2014

LAT’s Doyle McManus: ‘None’ of Obama’s ‘Controversies … Quite Reached Scandalhood’

Los Angeles Times columnists have produced several delusional doozies in the past few days.

One of the more hysterical came from Doyle McManus on Sunday (“The president’s hump year; The sixth year is often tough, but Obama could triumph”). While acknowledging that “The public’s initial romance with the president has faded” and that “events are in charge now,” he backhandedly described Obama’s presidency thus far as scandal-free. Really (HT to frequent commenter Gary Hall):

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December 29, 2013

Video: ‘A Day In the Life (under ObamaCare)’

Tragically funny:

December 26, 2013

WaPo Headline Frets About Possible Issa File Releases, Not Insecure HealthCare.gov

Major establishment press outlets ignored Friday’s news that “Teresa Fryer, the chief information security officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) … explicitly recommended denial of the website’s Authority to Operate (ATO), but was overruled by her superiors.” Fryer also “refused to put her name on a letter recommending a temporary ATO be granted for six months” In other words, HealthCare.gov should not have launched.

Brian Fung at the Washington Post’s “The Switch” blog didn’t consider the idea that HC.gov shouldn’t even have gone live the most important story element. While failing to disclose Fryer’s no-go recommendation and refusal to go along, he and his post’s headline instead obsessed over whether Republican Congressman and House Oversight Committee chair Darrell Issa might “release files” that “could aid hackers.” It wouldn’t be a surprise to learn that hackers already have them, or at least have figured out how to work with or around them. Excerpts follow the jump (bolds are mine):

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December 21, 2013

AP, NYT, and Politico Ignore ‘Serious High-risk Findings’ at HealthCare.gov, Security Officer’s No-Go Recommendation

Friday morning, CBS News’s Sharyl Attkisson reported that Teresa Fryer, the chief information security officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), “told Congress there have been two, serious high-risk findings since the website’s launch.” Further, Fryer “told congressional interviewers that she explicitly recommended denial of the website’s Authority to Operate (ATO)” in late September, “but was overruled by her superiors.” Fryer’s statements make sworn assertions by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that “no senior official reporting to me ever advised me that we should delay” at best difficult to believe.

While the press properly devotes attention to serious security breaches at leading retailer Target, the arguably more serious problems at HealthCare.gov continue to get scant attention. Searches on Fryer’s name (not in quotes) at the Associated Press, the New York Times, and Politico all return nothing relevant. Excerpts from Attkisson’s startling, read-the-whole-thing report follow the jump (bolds are mine):

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December 11, 2013

Imagine That: As Obama Denies Its Importance, AP’s Ohlemacher Identifies ‘The (IRS) Tea Party Scandal’

Well, it’s not perfect, but it’s a start — and it’s certainly a far cry from what President Obama is now willing to admit.

In his report Tuesday on the congressional hearing for John Koskinen, Obama’s nominee to be the next IRS Commissioner, Stephen Ohlemacher of the Associated Press wrote that Koskinen “told senators Tuesday he will work to restore public trust in the agency in the wake of the tea party scandal even as the IRS takes on new responsibilities administering the president’s health care law.” That’s a remarkable admission, given that the word “scandal” does not appear in Koskinen’s prepared remarks, and of course given that Obama’s current opinion of what is better described as the “IRS conservative targeting scandal” is that it isn’t one (“they’ve got a list, and suddenly everybody’s outraged”). As nice as it is that he used the “S-word,” Ohlemacher’s dispatch still contained serious oversights, including his failure to cite the change in Obama’s public stance since May and his contention that no one outside the IRS knew of its targeting efforts until then.

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November 10, 2013

Steyn: America’s ‘Drift Towards Despotism’

I believe there’s quite a bit of pushing going on beyond the drift described.

Here’s Mark Steyn at National Review:

The Drift toward Despotism
Too many of our rulers and their enforcers reflexively see the citizenry as a threat.

… David Eckert was pulled over by police in Deming, N.M., for failing to come to a complete halt at a stop sign in the Walmart parking lot. He was asked to step out of the vehicle, and waited on the sidewalk. Officers decided that they didn’t like the tight clench of his buttocks, a subject on which New Mexico’s constabulary is apparently expert, and determined that it was because he had illegal drugs secreted therein. So they arrested him, and took him to Gila Regional Medical Center in neighboring Hidalgo County, where Mr. Eckert was forced to undergo two abdominal X-rays, two rectal probes, three enemas, and defecate thrice in front of medical staff and representatives of two law-enforcement agencies, before being sedated and subjected to a colonoscopy — all procedures performed against his will and without a valid warrant.

Alas, Mr. Eckert’s body proved to be a drug-free zone, and so, after twelve hours of detention, he was released. If you’re wondering where his lawyer was during all this, no attorney was present, as police had not charged Mr. Eckert with anything, so they’re apparently free to frolic and gambol up his rectum to their hearts’ content. Deming police chief Brandon Gigante says his officers did everything “by the book.” That’s the problem, in New Mexico and beyond: “the book.”
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November 5, 2013

Obamacare Headline Pair of the Day

Lord, have mercy:

  • At NewsBusters“White House Granted Itself Waiver to Launch ObamaCare Website With High Security Risk” (the source story’s headline at CBS News, “HealthCare.gov ducked final security requirements before launch,” obfuscates  and downplays the matter’s seriousness — deliberately, in my opinion)
  • At CNS News“White House Admits All Obamacare Signups Must Go Through Healthcare.gov.” That’s paper or online.

So EVERYONE is vulnerable to whatever security shortcomings may exist — including the ones we already know of and ones yet to be found — regardless of how they apply.

If a private company did this, consumers and the government would put it out of business with litigation and court orders.

November 1, 2013

For the ‘Look at the Bright Side’ File: On HealthCare.gov’s Poor Security

Filed under: Health Care,Privacy/ID Theft,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:29 pm

Instapundit, regarding HealthCare.gov (link included):

THINKING ABOUT HEALTHCARE.GOV’S SECURITY PROBLEMS: Ironically, the glitches may be the best security tool yet. “In fact, the site’s stability issues and lack of usability to this point may be its best security: Even hackers haven’t been able to get in long enough to make it work.”

So we don’t need to get really concerned until it starts working decently.

At least that won’t be for a while. (/understatement)

September 30, 2013

Sy Hersh: ‘The republic’s in trouble, we lie about everything, lying has become the staple.’

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, a Pulitzer Prize winner, is definitely on the left philosophically.

But he’s also consistent in pursuit of the truth, which is a problem when almost all of the rest of the establishment press has become leftist Obama administration lapdogs.

The excerpt which follows doesn’t require a lot of elaboration (bolds are mine):

Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the ‘pathetic’ American media

The Obama administration lies systematically, he claims, yet none of the leviathans of American media, the TV networks or big print titles, challenge him.
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August 25, 2013

AP Pity Party: ‘For Obama, World Looks Far Different Than Expected’

Maybe, in sync with the predictable press reactions to oft-seen bad economic numbers, the headline at Julie Pace’s late-morning story at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, should have been: “Obama Foreign Policy Falls Apart … Unexpectedly.”

Pace’s pathetic attempt at pathos in assessing the status of the Obama administration’s foreign policy tells AP readers that some of it is due to “factors outside the White House’s control” (as if previous administrations haven’t had to deal with unanticipated developments), that Obama “misjudged” what would come in the Arab Spring’s aftermath (we’re supposed to ignore all of those contacts he’s had with Muslim Brotherhood officials and their sympathizers), and that the NSA revelations have hurt our standing in Europe (without noting that the root cause is NSA’s spying on U.S. citizens). Excerpts follow the jump.

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