Skip to comments.Did Reuters Yank Article Due to Too Much Truth?
Posted on 02/02/2010 11:39:29 AM PST by BobMcCartyWrites
Sometimes, the truth hurts. In the case of an article they published yesterday at 4:04 p.m. Eastern, it appears Reuters editors were afraid writer Terri Cullen's adventure into truthful journalism might hurt their news agency's relationship with President Barack Obama -- so they pulled it.
Published under the headline, Backdoor taxes hit middle class, the article opened by describing the Obama Administration's plan to cut more than $1 trillion from the deficit over the next decade as relying "heavily on so-called backdoor tax increases that will result in a bigger tax bill for middle-class families." Four hours and three minutes after it hit the wire, the story was "withdrawn" with a promise that "A replacement story will run alter in the week."
Business Insider cited a Reuters rep as saying the piece was withdrawn "due to significant errors of fact" and "should not have gone out." I think it was the language used in the article that prompted Reuters to pull it. In particular, it was a series of phrases shown below that, combined with the one mentioned above, must have made the hair stand up on the back of Rahm Emanuel's neck:
"...effectively a tax hike by stealth."
"middle-class families will face a slew of these backdoor increases."
Perhaps the largest contributing factor to the article being yanked is a list of tax break provisions popular among middle-class families that Obama might allow to expire:
* Taxpayers who itemize will lose the option to deduct state sales-tax payments instead of state and local income taxes;
* The $250 teacher tax credit for classroom supplies;
* The tax deduction for up to $4,000 of college tuition and expenses;
* Individuals who dont itemize will no longer be able to increase their standard deduction by up to $1,000 for property taxes paid;
* The first $2,400 of unemployment benefits are taxable, in 2009 that amount was tax-free.
The last line of the story was, perhaps, the proverbial "nail in the coffin" for the Reuter's piece:
EDITOR'S NOTE: Terri, if you're looking for a job, drop me a line.
Ten-Gallon Hat Tip: Many thanks to the folks at the Dump The Democrats blog for managing to snag the text of the article and publish it in a post this morning before it vanished from the web.
* * *UPDATE 2/2/10 at 1:35 p.m. Central: Just moments after publishing this post, I discovered that Reuters had issued a more-recent advisory regarding the article which reads as follows:
"The Feb 1 story headlined "Backdoor taxes to hit middle class" is wrong and has been withdrawn. The story said lower-income families will pay more under tax provisions scheduled to expire Dec 31. The Obama administration's budget calls for the extension of those tax provisions for households earning less than $250,000. There will be no substitute story."
In all fairness, Obama does propose PERMANENTLY extending all but the two upper brackets. I have read this part of the budget as I am a CPA and have an interest. But there is plenty more to pummel him on. Lets not spread rumors. Makes us look bad.
I think CNBC was talking about “backdoor taxes” recently...
I agree with your reading on it. I don’t see anything to indicate they are repealing the 10 % bracket or returning the lower brackets to pre 2003 levels. I heard Rush explicitly say that’s what they’re proposing and I just cringed. There is enough to criticise Obama and the dems for, let’s make sure we get it right.
Neal Boortz was talking this morning about Reuters pulling the article.
Neal said the White House alleged it contained errors and asked Reuters to pull it.
I’ve seen the article and nowhere did it say anything about changes/elimination to the lower brackets as Rush reported. I have no idea which inaccuracies it did contain. I do object to a news agency allowing itself to be bullied by the WH into changing their reporting.
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