NBC News' Chuck Todd aptly critiqued the media coverage of President Obama's health care push on Monday, saying that standard legislative battles are falsely hyped as potential death blows to reform. "I sometimes think we're getting played here a little bit," Todd said. The media Has "created this drama that [Obama's] struggling to get this done." Some sort of health care reform, he asserted, is going to pass.
CHRIS MATTHEWS: We keep blowing it, the inability to share the responsibility of dealing with health care. Will the President going around country and going on television the next couple of weeks change that climate enough to get this thing through?
TODD: I sometimes think we are getting played here a little bit, we've created this drama that he's struggling to get this done. There is no doubt this is a tough road ahead for members of Congress and they are struggling and they don't want to vote for this thing and they are nervous about it and they don't know what it's going to look like a year from now and ... they are nervous about this whole thing, but 15 years ago we had industry spending millions, there was more money on TV being spent to kill health care than to pass it -- we have the exact opposite now. ... Look, they are going to get something.
The Washington Post has noted the same phenomenon: "Cable news programs repeatedly declare the president's health care program is teetering or embattled despite a week in which [President] Obama's proposals were endorsed by the doctor and nurses associations and committees in both legislative chambers passed major bills."