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There are days when it is quite difficult to watch MSNBC during the day.

Today is such a day -- a day in which the coverage of the Affordable Care Act is nearly 100 percent about the horse race that the Beltway media thinks America is engrossed with.

Today's coverage is all about whether the Obama Administration will get glitches in the website fixed before Republicans are able to score points and win ... something.

There has been endless speculation about how the GOP could have fared so much better in its quest to destroy Obamacare if only it hadn't stumbled in the government shutdown fiasco.

But wait ... now they have an opening! Can they take advantage and score points? If Obama has to extend the enrollment period or postpone the date that fines kick in will that mean the GOP has scored a victory?

And Obama has only three weeks to get the website to work or else the GOP will have won ... some amorphous something or other.

Chuck Todd was preening about how Jon Stewart had slam dunked Kathleen Sebelius.

To which I can only say ... Who gives a fuck?

People's lives, as well as their good health, are at risk every day that the insurance/health care system that we have had to endure in this country continues to be denied to millions.

This might be a game to Beltway insiders but it isn't a game to the uninsured.

Yes, the website is a problem. Yes, it should have been better designed and tested. Yes, whatever doofus is responsible should be canned.

And, naturally, the Beltway media -- which has the attention span of a 2-year-old (no offense to 2-year-olds) -- latches onto that because looking at the deeper issue -- the millions of Americans who suffer and/or die each year from lack of health care -- is too fucking hard. Turning everything into a horse race is much easier.

When it's a horse race all you have to do is get one Democrat and one Republican to come on your show and ... Voila! ... you have a half hour filled.

And this is the daytime lineup of MSNBC indulging in this, so you can just imagine what's going on at CNN, Fox, et al.

But it isn't an opportunity for breathless analysis and speculation. It is just a fucking website. Websites crash. Shit happens and then it gets fixed.

Earlier this year I bought a new laptop with Windows 8, which is almost as popular as New Coke. It is just now getting fixed. Shit happened and now it is getting fixed.

But I don't hear anyone screaming for Microsoft to be dismantled.

Apple keeps prompting me to download the new iOS7 software. Fat chance. I'll wait till it's been road tested a while. Doesn't mean I want Apple driven into bankruptcy.

I have apps on my phone that are constantly prompting me to update them with various bug fixes. Shit happens and then it gets fixed.

Except in the Beltway media. When shit happens there, it just brings on more shit.

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  •  Windows 8 comment says it all. I never.... (2+ / 0-)
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    quaoar, FloridaSNMOM

    buy any new Windows offering; I wait for the crashes, bugs, security failures, updates and recalls to go through first, then I buy it.

    Yet this website was to be flawless during a gov. shutdown on day one.  Sheesh.

    Tax and Spend I can understand. I can even understand Borrow and Spend. But Borrow and give Billionaires tax cuts? That I have a problem with.

    by LiberalCanuck on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 12:07:27 PM PDT

  •  Exactly why I don't watch MSNBC (2+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, joanneleon

    anymore. They're ridiculous.

    This is perfect:

    Today's coverage is all about whether the Obama Administration will get glitches in the website fixed before Republicans are able to score points and win ... something.
    So true. Before Phil Griffin took over, it was watchable. No more. It's unbelievably banal, contrived bullshit from morning til night.

    This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

    by lunachickie on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 12:45:44 PM PDT

  •  Robert Gibbs (3+ / 0-)
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    quaoar, Meteor Blades, allenjo

    was ridiculous today.  I don't know what he was trying to prove.  Pushing the blame fully onto the contractors, I guess.  Anybody who has done software development knows that the blame for this kind of thing rarely can be attributed to one person or organization.  I'm sure there's blame to go around in several places.

    But yes, it will get fixed.  Systems this big never go off without a hitch.  

    Gibbs was saying that Silicon Valley should have done the project, or something, and basically was undermining the bidding process.  

    Does anybody really believe that the sole factor in who got these contracts was the fact that they submitted the lowest bid? Come on.  On big contracts like this?  

    Anyway, the thing is going to get fixed.  Making a huge deal about how heads are going to roll isn't the best way to deal with it, IMHO.  Maybe some status updates, but this new hype about "technical surges" and bringing in the best and brightest?  I don't know.  Let the teams fix it.  We already knew they were struggling to make their deadlines back in the summer.  People may have been moving the goalposts and changing the requirements all throughout the project on them.  Maybe they didn't get some critical information until too late in the game.  Other people on the govt side might have messed up their deliverables.  There are a lot of moving parts. Bringing in some superheros at this point, who've had no involvement up to this point, seems like not the best idea either.  Let them finish.

    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 02:04:16 PM PDT

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