Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.


One of the things Twitter does for us is provide a glimpse into how reporters work. And guess what: they’re as confused as the rest of us sometimes! Here’s an ongoing Twitter exchange about the latest healthcare deal between Time’s Karen Tumulty, the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein, and the New Republic’s Jonathan Cohn:

Tumulty: 2 me, it sounds like the big news in this #hcr deal is (at least as union guys explained it) allowing any employer 2 buy into the exchanges.

Klein: Yeah, I want to hear the White House on that.

Tumulty: Me too. Lots of details missing — like what would they have to pay to get in? Would they have to reimburse feds for subsidies?

Klein: This is a bit unclear right now, but it sounds like this deal opens the exchanges to all employers in 2017. Trying to figure this out.

Cohn: so i missed the earlier question on this – was on with operator – did we get answers on the exchange questions?

Tumulty: not yet. WH: “There are a lot of the discussions going on now…not something that can be answered” in detail.

Klein: I just asked again, and I wouldn’t say we did.

Cohn: yeah, just heard. so do we think labor guys just got it wrong on their conf call? they sounded a bit confused.

Cohn: I would have to agree with that assessment!

Tumulty: boy, these WH guys don’t want to talk about that. do we think the union guys got ahead of themselves?

Cohn: So I didn’t get much of an answer either — and then they cut me off before I could follow up

Klein: My bet is the unions are right on their part of it. Employers: still up in the air?

Klein: Senior White House official: “Over time, the exchanges will open to more and more people.”

Twitter: now bringing you the real-time confusion usually reserved for natural disasters and terrorist attacks even for boring stuff!

Not to worry, though. In a few hours all three of these folks will figure out what’s going on and crank out a few hundred well crafted words explaining it. At least, they’d better. Because they owe it to me.

We've never been very good at being conservative.

And usually, that serves us well in doing the ambitious, hard-hitting journalism that you turn to Mother Jones for. But it also means we can't afford to come up short when it comes to scratching together the funds it takes to keep our team firing on all cylinders, and the truth is, we finished our budgeting cycle on June 30 about $100,000 short of our online goal.

This is no time to come up short. It's time to fight like hell, as our namesake would tell us to do, for a democracy where minority rule cannot impose an extreme agenda, where facts matter, and where accountability has a chance at the polls and in the press. If you value our reporting and you can right now, please help us dig out of the $100,000 hole we're starting our new budgeting cycle in with an always-needed and always-appreciated donation today.

payment methods

We've never been very good at being conservative.

And usually, that serves us well in doing the ambitious, hard-hitting journalism that you turn to Mother Jones for. But it also means we can't afford to come up short when it comes to scratching together the funds it takes to keep our team firing on all cylinders, and the truth is, we finished our budgeting cycle on June 30 about $100,000 short of our online goal.

This is no time to come up short. It's time to fight like hell, as our namesake would tell us to do, for a democracy where minority rule cannot impose an extreme agenda, where facts matter, and where accountability has a chance at the polls and in the press. If you value our reporting and you can right now, please help us dig out of the $100,000 hole we're starting our new budgeting cycle in with an always-needed and always-appreciated donation today.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate