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On The Early Show, Nancy Cordes explained, “House Republicans say that just creates too much uncertainty for the taxpayer, not knowing whether this payroll tax cut is going to expire after two months or not. And so, they want a one-year deal.”
Pete Isberg, president of the NPRC wrote to the key leaders of the relevant committees of the House and Senate, telling them that “insufficient lead time” to implement the complicated change mandated by the legislation means the two-month payroll tax holiday “could create substantial problems, confusion and costs affecting a significant percentage of U.S. employers and employees.” But among Democrats, who cares?
The best (or worst) “notable quotables” for 2011 as listed by the Media Research Center were topped by New York Times columnist Paul Krugman in a Jan. 8 blog hours after the shooting of Democrat Gabielle Grifford, indicating a supposedly danger-filled national anti-Obama environment.
“We don’t have proof yet that this was political, Klugman wrote; but the odds are that it was…..Violent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate. And it’s long past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers.”
Even liberal-tilted “Fact checkers” can’t be trusted the Weekly Standard Dec. 19 issue indicated. They “come with a veneer of objectivity doubling as a license to go after any remark…they find disagreeable—particularly if it’s anti-Obama. The venerable wire serve, Associated Press “fact check” scheme can’t be trusted.
But of the most untrustworthy is The St. Petersburg Times’ “Polifact,” which purports to decide what is fact and what is not.
The Media Research Center’s (MRC) mission is to “prove — through sound scientific research — that liberal bias in the media does exist and undermines traditional American values” and to “neutralize [that bias's] impact on the American political scene.”
During the 2008 campaign, the network morning shows acted as cheerleaders for the Democratic field. This time around, they are providing far more hostile coverage of the various Republicans who are running, while treating Obama’s re-election campaign to the same personality-driven coverage that was so helpful to the then-Illinois Senator four years ago.
If the real decisions in our democracy are to be kept the hands of voters, then the news media owe viewers a fair and unbiased look at the candidates in both parties. That means asking the candidates questions that reflect the concerns of both sides — liberals and conservatives alike. And the syrupy coverage awarded year after year to the Democrats’ celebrity candidates in no way matches the pretense of journalists holding both sides equally accountable.
And the drumbeat goes on.
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