Non-Partisan Experts

Newsbusters shines the light on one of the MSM tricks that are less odvious to the general public.

One of the favors the media routinely perform for liberal politicians is citing left-of-center think tanks as “non-partisan” entities, who just happen to have evidence proving the awfulness of conservative policies. A classic example occurred on the July 7 CBS Evening News, as reporter Chip Reid cited “the non-partisan Tax Policy Center” as showing how Barack Obama’s “tax cuts” are superior to John McCain’s

The other side of the story comes from the conservative Tax Foundation, which reported that Obama would shift more of the tax burden to a relative few families: “Obama’s plan would greatly accelerate the decades-long trend toward a federal government that depends for tax revenue almost exclusively on a few high-income people….1.13 million Americans would pay more in all federal taxes than 128 million of their fellow citizens combined.”

That’s an aspect of tax fairness that rarely gets mentioned by TV reporters who seek out liberal analysts to prove liberal points. A Nexis search shows the Tax Foundation has not been cited on network TV in more than three years.

I’m guessing that they don’t dare, lest they be pelted with excrement by those after “non-partisan” coverage.

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