Media Predictable in Tax Cut Coverage

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Wednesday, February 07, 2001

Media Predictable in Tax Cut Coverage

You knew how the press would treat President Bush's proposed tax cut. And they didn't let us down.

CBS's John Roberts distorted history, saying, "America is still paying the bill" for the Reagan tax cuts. Funny, I thought we had a huge surplus.

NBC's Tom Brokaw called the tax cut plan "big" and "massive," though it is nothing of the kind compared to the overpayment of taxes.

Mostly the big media parroted the liberal Democrat line, warning of new deficits and saying how much the plan benefited the rich. But the top 5 percent of earners pay most of the taxes in this country. Those who pay the most deserve a break.

Liberal commentators, such as Al Hunt and Margaret Carlson, said rich people don't need tax cuts, as if they, and government, should decide how much of their own money people should be allowed to keep.

Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle said people would use the money to buy a new Lexus. What business is it of government how we spend our money? When the tax cut stimulates the economy, don't look for the press to challenge the liberals on their failed predictions.