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Administration appealed to Reuters to take down 'Backdoor Taxes To Hit Middle Class'. story
Business Insider ^ | Feb. 2, 2010 | Gillian Reagan

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According to a Reuters rep, the was withdrawn "due to significant errors of fact."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At 8:07 p.m. last night, Reuters posted another article: "The story Backdoor taxes to hit middle class has been withdrawn.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."

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


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You can find the pulled original article now: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/20100201/backdoor-taxes-to-hit-middle-class.htm
1 posted on 02/02/2010 11:31:48 PM PST by Blonde
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...

ping!


2 posted on 02/02/2010 11:34:25 PM PST by nutmeg (Rush Limbaugh & Sarah Palin agree: NO third parties! Take back the GOP)
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To: nutmeg

BTTT


3 posted on 02/02/2010 11:36:46 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Blonde

First Ammendment is dead... The media are no longer the watch dogs of Freedom. Believe nothing find truth.


4 posted on 02/02/2010 11:38:30 PM PST by Typical_Whitey (Eric Holder and Obama are making a mockery of our justice system.)
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To: hoosiermama; maggief; Liz; STARWISE; SE Mom

This a very late PING for the morning!


5 posted on 02/02/2010 11:39:15 PM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: Jet Jaguar

bttt


6 posted on 02/02/2010 11:39:15 PM PST by txhurl (off)
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To: Blonde

I can’t recall “significant errors of fact” ever bothering rooters before.


7 posted on 02/02/2010 11:40:24 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Blonde
This cartoon needs an update. Rahm caricatured as Goebbels caricatured as a monkey.


8 posted on 02/02/2010 11:44:54 PM PST by JerseyHighlander (Godwined! at 2:45AM local time! ghastly)
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To: onyx

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?”


9 posted on 02/02/2010 11:46:19 PM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt (Ronald Reagan: If we ever forget that we're one nation under God,then we'll be a nation gone under.")
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To: Blonde; informavoracious; larose; RJR_fan; Prospero; Conservative Vermont Vet; ...
+

Freep-mail me to get on or off my pro-life and Catholic List:

Add me / Remove me

Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of general interest.

10 posted on 02/02/2010 11:48:13 PM PST by narses ("lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi")
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To: Typical_Whitey
First Ammendment is dead...

B.S.

Congress hasn't made any law restricting this. You have every right to open up a newspaper and publish a story.

11 posted on 02/02/2010 11:53:35 PM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt

Yes, still awake, but not for much longer.
I am watching the election returns from Illinois.


12 posted on 02/02/2010 11:58:19 PM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: Blonde

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?


13 posted on 02/03/2010 12:01:28 AM PST by I still care (A Republic - if you can keep it. - Ben Franklin)
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To: onyx

Oh - any good news there? I saw that Hughes had lost bigtime, right? - too bad.

Anything else?


14 posted on 02/03/2010 12:06:21 AM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt (Ronald Reagan: If we ever forget that we're one nation under God,then we'll be a nation gone under.")
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt

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. :)


15 posted on 02/03/2010 12:09:03 AM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: Gondring

“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?


16 posted on 02/03/2010 12:12:18 AM PST by Boucheau
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To: onyx

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).


17 posted on 02/03/2010 12:19:25 AM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt (Ronald Reagan: If we ever forget that we're one nation under God,then we'll be a nation gone under.")
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To: I still care

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.


18 posted on 02/03/2010 12:47:12 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: I still care

Yes, especially since the demise of the Bush tax cuts means everyones taxes are going up.


19 posted on 02/03/2010 1:55:45 AM PST by SatinDoll (NO Foreign Nationals as our President!!)
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To: Gondring

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.


20 posted on 02/03/2010 2:02:12 AM PST by DeltaZulu
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To: Blonde
A White House offical told Talking Points Memo that administration aides appealed to Reuters to take it down.

State controlled Reuters.

21 posted on 02/03/2010 2:03:12 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Recovering_Democrat

It used to be that news organization stood by their published reports and never retracted except in the case of clear libel.

Of course they offered space so the objecting party could present their side — which is what Reuters should have done in this case.

Sorry excuse for a “news” organization.


22 posted on 02/03/2010 2:36:53 AM PST by plangent
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To: Blonde

So who is the new Reichminister of Propaganda?


23 posted on 02/03/2010 2:57:26 AM PST by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: Blonde
Reuters was right!

These are REPORTERS we are talking about! They have INTEGRITY!

< /sarc>


24 posted on 02/03/2010 3:13:45 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: greeneyes
Jamie Dimon of JPMorganChase is rewarding himself with with a 50 million dollar bonus for 2009.

Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs is rewarding himself with a 100 million dollar bonus for 2009.

Both companies were bailed out in late 2008 by the tax payer via the TARP fund and other methods like the AIG bailout backdoor where Goldman Sachs was paid 100 % on the dollar by the fed for billions in toxic waste mortgage related investments.

Wonder how much of that bonus money goes to taxes and how much is protected via creative accounting and shelters?

25 posted on 02/03/2010 3:43:35 AM PST by Proud_USA_Republican ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: Gondring
"Congress hasn't made any law restricting this. You have every right to open up a newspaper and publish a story."

Yep you sure do...

Right up to the point your editor gets a call from the White House and the story gets pulled!

And let me say I am absolutely sure the request was above board and no threats were made on the part of the White House, real OR implied!

Yes, I believe that...

I really do...

No, seriesly, I have a hugh belief that everything was above board just like it is over at Green Jobs/Medical Equipment Central NBC...

No pressure whatsoever...

Yep, I believe it...

(really, I do...)

26 posted on 02/03/2010 3:56:51 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the next one...)
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To: Blonde

CENSORSHIP! And the MSM remains silent. Scary times.


27 posted on 02/03/2010 4:29:11 AM PST by jersey117
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To: Blonde
You can find the pulled original article now:
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/20100201/backdoor-taxes-to-hit-middle-class.htm


You would think Reuters would know that, once it hits the Internet, it's there forever.


28 posted on 02/03/2010 4:43:07 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Blonde

“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”

Funny, that never stopped the media before.


29 posted on 02/03/2010 4:47:05 AM PST by RWB Patriot ("Need has never produced anything. It has only been an excuse to steal from those with ablity.")
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To: I still care

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?

What would have the MSM done if Bush had asked?


30 posted on 02/03/2010 5:05:36 AM PST by Kent1957
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To: Blonde

SO will the WH say exactly what is “wrong” with the story? Will Reuters?


31 posted on 02/03/2010 5:27:58 AM PST by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: Blonde

Just an FYI...this is from a Hotair regarding issues with original tax story.

AEI
Fact-checking the Reuters “backdoor taxes” story
http://hotair.com/headlines/?p=70244

And link to underlying Hotair article
http://blog.american.com/?p=10105

Basically it says certain of the Bush tax cuts are made permanent. I have no idea. But I do know that no matter what happens with tax rates, the level of spending is out of control.


32 posted on 02/03/2010 5:32:29 AM PST by coaltrain
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To: Typical_Whitey
First Ammendment is dead... The media are no longer the watch dogs of Freedom. Believe nothing find truth.

...hence my tagline.

33 posted on 02/03/2010 5:53:52 AM PST by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists".)
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To: Blonde

Hey Obama! When the Bush 2003 tax cuts expire at the end of 2010, you know damn well the federal income tax rates for all income levels go back up to the higher federal income tax rates of the year 2001! LOW INCOME & MIDDLE INCOME are going to get SLAMMED with higher payroll taxes in just 1 year from now! You frikin' Marxist thief!!!!


34 posted on 02/03/2010 6:19:57 AM PST by avacado
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To: Blonde

Wow... “appealed to” sounds so... voluntary.


35 posted on 02/03/2010 6:21:38 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Gondring

When the Executive branch has the ability to control the Press it is no longer free speech. Your ability to publish a story does little good when the Government uses its influence to tell the people that your story is wrong that your news source is fake and that other Honorable news agencies like the ones they have direct control over are the honest agents. My point is if the media is going to take Orders from Obama on what to and not to print then the media have abused the first ammendment and therfore it is effectively dead.

not unlike Hitler and the rise of Nazi Germany, 50 years from now in a case study some may ask why this country with all its FREEDOM didn’t see it coming.


36 posted on 02/03/2010 6:33:59 AM PST by Typical_Whitey (Eric Holder and Obama are making a mockery of our justice system.)
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To: Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; ...

CENSORED

Welcome to America 2.0, life under Obamunism.


37 posted on 02/03/2010 7:10:16 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Don't fall for the Global Warming hysteria.)
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To: Blonde

First, I wonder what the WH threatened Reuter’s with in order to get them to pull the whole article.

Secondly, the advisory I’m seeing at Yahoo! says the following:

ADVISORY:
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/100202/us/usreport_us_budget_backdoortaxes_advisory
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.

This is different than the advisory printed in this article. The thing is, the reference to the expiring tax cuts was not the only thing in the article.

Third, the article is still up all over the internet. All the White House has done is call more attention to the subject itself, and has also exposed itself as screwing with the media...


38 posted on 02/03/2010 7:14:20 AM PST by LibertyRocks (Anti-Obama Gear: http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: Kent1957
What would have the MSM done if Bush had asked?

Run a headline story on all networks reporting that the Bush administration was trying to limit the press in an effort to save his falling approval numbers.

39 posted on 02/03/2010 7:15:41 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Don't fall for the Global Warming hysteria.)
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To: Typical_Whitey
When the Executive branch has the ability to control the Press it is no longer free speech.

President LBJ held a letter to blackmail the Houston Chronicle into only providing positive press coverage (in exchange for permitting a bank merger to go through).

One of the details that came out in the 1990s release of LBJ's White House tapes.

40 posted on 02/03/2010 7:19:47 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Don't fall for the Global Warming hysteria.)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March

ping


41 posted on 02/03/2010 7:19:54 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: LibertyRocks

I don’t trust the government. I think it was withdrawn because it was true and therefore the government looked bad.

Time will tell.


42 posted on 02/03/2010 7:22:45 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom

I remain skeptical as well. Especially with how the “advisory” is worded. Heck, even the advisory isn’t completely accurate - it just sounds like that “less than 250,000” soundbite from the campaign.


43 posted on 02/03/2010 7:24:42 AM PST by LibertyRocks (Anti-Obama Gear: http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: Blonde

This is an outrage. The death of journalism indeed.


44 posted on 02/03/2010 7:27:35 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: I still care

No. The truth hurts and the elite don’t like that.


45 posted on 02/03/2010 7:27:53 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Typical_Whitey
First Ammendment is dead

Then how do you explain Scott Brown's victory?
46 posted on 02/03/2010 7:28:08 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Typical_Whitey

The “Establishment Media” is as independent of the Govt in general and the Dem Party in particular as the Russian media entity “Pravda” was, back in the USSR days.

And as objective and honest.


47 posted on 02/03/2010 7:29:16 AM PST by OldArmy52 (Christmas 2009: Democrats give us Obama Cr*pCare, the t*rd that keeps on stinking.)
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To: Blonde

The “mainstream media” is absolutely worthless, except as an example of propaganda.


48 posted on 02/03/2010 7:34:33 AM PST by cvq3842 (A fool and his liberty are soon parted.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Where are all the libs who scream 1st ammendment and freedom of speech? Where is the media outrage? Your boy that you actively campaigned for is now censoring you and violating the 1st ammendment. And the msm dutifully complies.


49 posted on 02/03/2010 7:39:36 AM PST by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: metmom

Small wonder so many people vote Dem. Their news source is the One Party Press and so they know nothing else but the Party Line.

a.k.a. “populace brain washing”.

Old USSR used to do that too.

Scratch a Liberal, find a Socialist.


50 posted on 02/03/2010 7:40:28 AM PST by OldArmy52 (Christmas 2009: Democrats give us Obama Cr*pCare, the t*rd that keeps on stinking.)
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