Shock at facts … On Friday, “CBS This Morning” took up the topic of how well people will fare under the new tax bill. The reporter on the segment said, “A sizeable number of Americans actually oppose this tax bill. But now that lawmakers have passed it, we wanted to see how folks would fare.” The segment gave tax returns from three sets of taxpayers to an accountant from Long Island. That accountant showed that all three would get sizeable tax cuts based on income. Now go back to that line above. People don’t support the “tax bill” because the media has lied for months about who would get tax cuts. You can watch the whole clip here.
A tale of two laws … Last week, President Trump signed into law the most far-reaching tax cuts and reforms of a generation. Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer made an interesting observation about how media coverage of the passage compared to headlines from Obamacare passage in USA Today. Take a look at this tweet showing the disparate coverage. This is how bias works, in how “fact-based” articles are written and presented.
Now focus on what you’ll do … For months the media has told the American people that they aren’t getting tax cuts, but only the rich are. Now that the facts have trumped the narrative — pun intended — the media is moving on. Next up: biased pieces on how the American people aren’t really going to use their tax cuts correctly, so nothing will change in the economy. For instance, this take from CNN Money, which laments that people may actually just use the extra money to save, pay down debt, or invest. Get that, you rubes? You don’t know what to do with your money. “Journalists” always think they know better than you how to live your life.
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You might have missed it … CNN media critic/cheerleader Brian Stelter had a little mini-scandal of his own on the Friday before Christmas. Stelter lamented that Donald Trump would be the first president in 15 years not to hold an end-of-the-year press conference. This, of course, was about how bad Trump’s relationship with the media, and by extension the American people, is. One thing about that, though. As Breitbart News reported, Barack Obama did not hold a 2009 end-of-year press conference, just a quick statement on the passage of Obamacare — kind of what Trump did in signing the tax bill. Stelter has not only refused to correct his reporting, but steadfastly maintains that a press conference held in early December of that year counts, even though it was about NATO. Sorry, Brian, you got caught. Just own up to it. You’ll be better for it.
Uh, what … On Sunday, there was violence in the West Bank by Muslims against Christians. Of course, this is a headline that could be used on any day that ends in the letter “y.” That didn’t stop ABC News from attributing the violence to President Trump’s decision to stop playing games and come up with a plan to follow U.S. law and move the U.S. embassy to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem. We all have been reading about violence in the Middle East for decades. But now it’s all Trump’s fault.
A thoroughly discredited take … Here’s something from Erick Erickson via Twitter: “The Washington Post has republished a “Jesus isn’t real” piece from 2014 on its website for Christmas 2017. But in the past three years a good number of *atheist* historians have thoroughly discredited this piece and WaPo still ran it again.” Bias means never having to say you are wrong.
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Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.