Say what one will about vice-president Joe Biden, but in the internal debate over the White House's contraception mandate, he argued that the real issue in play was not contraceptives, sterilization, or abortion-inducing drugs, but religious liberty.
Although Obama had championed religious liberty in the past -- and more on that in a minute -- he wasn't listening this time. He apparently found the specious polling numbers Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards brought to the table more persuasive.
What Richards was doing at that table did not seem to interest ABC's Jake Tapper who wrote one of the more insightful pieces on the administration's deliberation process. It should have. In the way of parallel, imagine how interested the media would have been if George Bush had invited the Koch Brothers to the White House to help sort out the details of a controversial new energy policy that would benefit their business.
Falling victim to the creeping Newspeak overtaking the media, Tapper also failed to mention either sterilization or abortifacients, the two components of the ObamaCare mandate that most riled the Catholic bishops.
Even more fluent in Newspeak, Jodi Kantor of the New York Times dedicates two pages to the pages in her new book The Obamas to the Ground Zero mosque controversy without using the word "mosque."