CNN Anchor Steps Into Health Care Debate

Oct 10, 2013  •  Post A Comment

A CNN anchor has stirred up controversy with comments on health care and the Affordable Care Act. Writing in The New York Times, Bill Carter reports that CNN’s Wolf Blitzer said on the air that the Obama administration should "accept the advice that a lot of Republicans are giving them” and delay the start of the Affordable Care Act for one year.

Carter writes: "The comment set off a noisy reaction online and in social media, with Republicans gleefully citing it as evidence that their position on the program has been correct."

CNN, meanwhile, had no comment on Blitzer’s remarks. CNN aims for a nonpartisan approach to political coverage, Carter points out.

"Later, however, [Blitzer] made a post on Twitter that tried to indicate that the context of his comments was being misinterpreted. It said: ‘Context matters. Earlier I said the govt shouldn’t launch a website before it works. I did not express a view about the individual mandate,’" Carter writes.

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