Skip to comments.Administration appealed to Reuters to take down 'Backdoor Taxes To Hit Middle Class'. story
Posted on 02/02/2010 11:31:48 PM PST by Blonde
The lead story at DrudgeReport.com as of 11:30 a.m. this morning was "**REUTERS: Backdoor taxes to hit middle class." But Reuters withdrew the article last night. Drudge noted the change and wrote: "**REUTERS pulls tax story..." then added another link to the top left margin: "Largest-ever federal payroll to hit 2.15 million employees..."
So what happened?
According to a Reuters rep, the was withdrawn "due to significant errors of fact."
"The story was wrong on multiple points and should not have gone out," she emailed us. A formal withdrawal will issued will address specific points that were incorrect later today.
UPDATE: A White House offical told Talking Points Memo that administration aides appealed to Reuters to take it down.
The original link lead clickers to an article posted on Monday, Feb. 1 at 4:09 p.m. which reads, in part:
While the administration is focusing its proposal on eliminating tax breaks for individuals who earn $250,000 a year or more, middle-class families will face a slew of these backdoor increases.
Millions of middle-class households already may be facing higher taxes in 2010 because Congress has failed to extend tax breaks that expired on January 1, most notably a "patch" that limited the impact of the alternative minimum tax. The AMT, initially designed to prevent the very rich from avoiding income taxes, was never indexed for inflation. Now the tax is affecting millions of middle-income households, but lawmakers have been reluctant to repeal it because it has become a key source of revenue.
At 8:07 p.m. last night, Reuters posted another article: "The story Backdoor taxes to hit middle class has been withdrawn. A replacement story will run later in the week."
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First Ammendment is dead... The media are no longer the watch dogs of Freedom. Believe nothing find truth.
This a very late PING for the morning!
I can’t recall “significant errors of fact” ever bothering rooters before.
Good heavens - are you awake too?
(marking for later referral to all those libs I know who go, “What media bias” / “What press censorship” / “What control of the press by the Damnocrats?”
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Congress hasn't made any law restricting this. You have every right to open up a newspaper and publish a story.
Yes, still awake, but not for much longer.
I am watching the election returns from Illinois.
Am I crazy in thinking that it is inappropriate for the White House to be calling news organizations and asking them to take down stories, unless they are dealing with security issues?
Oh - any good news there? I saw that Hughes had lost bigtime, right? - too bad.
Yes, some other races are GOOD.
The conservative bested Hastert’s son for District 14.
The GOP nominees for gove and lt.gov. are looking GOOD.
I don’t think the winners will be known tonight, so I will have to sleep and look later this morning. :)
“You have every right to open up a newspaper and publish a story.”
And apparently politicians can call you up and ask you to take down a story.
Would you call it intimidation?
Is that the first amendment in action?
Good to hear that news!!!
Sleep tight and ping me if you will when you know some more results tomorrow morning (I’ll be worklurking then).
Well, they are claiming that all those middle class tax cuts are going to apply for all families making less than $250,000. I suppose Reuters needs to check that out.
Yes, especially since the demise of the Bush tax cuts means everyones taxes are going up.
Even the courts recognize “A chilling effect”. Suppression doesn’t have to come solely from legislation, it merely needs to come from the government. I think the White House counts as part of the government.