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Tell the Post: Politicians Don't Always Say What They Believe

Friday, 10 December 2010 06:01

Reporters don't always know what politicians actually believe, they only know what they say. This is why the Post should not have told readers in describing the White House's view of Senator Charles Schumer's effort to block President Obama's tax deal:

"But to the White House, it is Schumer who is acting recklessly by seeking to wage class warfare with just days left on the legislative calendar, risking the health of the economy and the pocketbook of every middle-class household with his threat to carry the fight into next year."

The Post does not know that the White House actually views Schumer's effort as reckless and risking the health of the economy. The Post only knows that some unspecified person in the White House made this assertion.

Comments (7)Add Comment
Boy Monarch Obama Caught in Tax Trap Set by Boy Monarch Bush
written by izzatzo, December 10, 2010 6:28
Stupid liberals.
it would depend what they do with the increased revenue
written by frankenduf, December 10, 2010 8:11
the post is at least ethically correct- it would be unfair for millions of working class citizens to gang up and wage war on a few hundred bankers- the citizens would get crushed by the bankers
written by Joseph Kennedy, December 10, 2010 9:39
Instead of class warfare, the WP might also have speculated that Schumer was merely trying to deflect attention from a possible adjustment of the tax compromise to include hedge fund manager's (one of his main constituencies) bonus fees as ordinary income at 35% versus capital gains at 15%.

But then the WP isn't in this business to cut its own throat.
written by PeonInChief, December 10, 2010 10:18
Why is it that class warfare is always waged by the not-rich? It seems to me that the elite has been doing a really good job of class warfare, except for the part where they crash the economy.
Mainstream News Media
written by Jerry Jones, December 10, 2010 11:57
It's nice to know the so-called mainstream, big city national news organizations make the same rookie mistakes as small market TV stations and newspapers in American towns. Hilarious.
written by Jim Olson, December 11, 2010 10:40
At least we can hope that they were quoting some unspecified spokesperson.
written by Richard Coughlin, December 15, 2010 2:04
I hereby propose the following rule: "Any politician or pundit who invokes the term "class warfare" (except perhaps to reply to allegations of "class warfare") is ipso facto engaging in class warfare, and should be so charged.

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Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. He is the author of several books, his latest being The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive. Read more about Dean.