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Do You Have to Work for Peter G. Peterson to Be Cited on Budget Issues in the Washington Post?

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Tuesday, 20 September 2011 11:40

That's the question that readers are undoubtedly asking after seeing this piece on President Obama's budget proposals. The piece featured three separate cites from Maya MacGuineas, who is the president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. (One cite included unnamed "others.") The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget has received substantial funding from Peterson and his foundation over the years. 

It then turns to an unnamed "GOP aide" who criticizes Obama's "fictitious savings," moving to Robert Bixby, the executive director of the Concord Coalition, an organization that was started by Peter Peterson and has received substantial funding from him and his foundation.

The piece concludes with a critical comment from Ken Kies, who is identified as "a longtime corporate tax lobbyist."

So there you have it: two budget experts funded by Peter Peterson, an unnamed GOP aide and a longtime corporate tax lobbyist. That's Fair and Balanced budget reporting at the Washington Post.

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written by diesel, September 20, 2011 5:24
A perfect example of the way the wealthy use foundation grants to benevolently further their version of the ideal society. And to think that this sort of generosity exempts their fortunes from taxes and further enables them to perpetuate their magnanimity through the ages is truly heartwarming. God bless this great country of ours.
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written by Nancy cadet, September 20, 2011 10:16
Yes, and on NPR the Peterson flunkies are quoted every day, with no identification beyond the name of their "non partisan" front groups. Lazy, dishonest reporting. dean Baker helps keep me sane!
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written by Jethro, September 21, 2011 9:07
...and Moveon.org that is funded by Soros doesn't seem to have a problem pushing their agenda....

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