Skip to comments.Media wrongly attack Drudge after he admits paying Obamacare penalty
Posted on 03/23/2014 4:21:25 AM PDT by Star Traveler
Left leaning media outlets criticized Internet news mogul Matt Drudges tweets on Friday, but the backlash stemmed from a misunderstanding of how Obamacare will affect small businesses.
On Friday, Matt Drudge tweeted, Just paid the Obamacare penalty for not getting covered IM CALLING IT A LIBERTY TAX!
A few minutes later, Jason Lee, the Director of Progressive Media at the White House, tweeted a response, saying Mr. Drudges tweet was a, flat lie, no fee for previous year. Scary how much influence he once had.
From there, the tweets came rolling in, attacking Mr. Drudge via social media and liberal news outlets, Breitbart reported.
Dude, theres no penalty until next yr, Sahil Kapur of Talking Points Memo tweeted, followed with a full story in the news outlet with a headline saying Mr. Drudge was probably lying.
Americans dont pay a penalty for not having health insurance until they file their 2014 taxesin 2014, Dylan Scott wrote in the story. So either Drudge is lying or he paid a huge penalty a year earlier than he needed to.
A similar story appeared in Huffington post, in which the author, Jeffrey Young, wrote Mr. Drudges tweet was weird and a little head-scratching.
(Excerpt) Read more at p.washingtontimes.com ...
It’s a rule at the White House ... “Check Drudge as soon as you get to work!” ... :-) ...
I always have “Drudge and coffee” to start my day.
I hate to have to come down on the side of the libs, but it’s at least possible that they had no idea Drudge files as a small business.
The reality is that investigative journalism has dissolved, and people who pretend to be reporters....simply read cue cards and write 149-character supportive responses.
We could draft up five hundred kids from high schools across the nation to take over CNN, the New York Times, and Washington Post....and they’d do as good or better jobs as the characters who pretend to work today.
Sad to see how far the line of journalism has fallen.
A lie travels around the world before the truth has time to get out of bed. It’s not about research or investigation, it’s about their ideology and destruction of the truth regarding all things conservative.
IF you're going to call someone a liar then you better know the facts. I give the stinkin' statists no quarter.
Drudge says: I just paid a tax.
Libs say: Oh no, you didn't!
It's exactly like Obama's "You didn't build that!" The Liberals won't give us credit for anything. They think we are frauds, liars, and phonies. And when the Libs say something which is egregiously ignorant, we turn around and say, "I'm going to cut them some slack ..."
It's why we lose.
You need to give yourself a 'timeout' for sharing more than the forum needs to know about yourself!
The libs don't have a worldview that includes business. Hence they didn't know to even consider that business files differently.
We have ignorance and incompetence trying to run America. It's almost over, praise Jesus.
I hate to have to come down on the side of the libs, but its at least possible that they had no idea Drudge files as a small business.
Hey MSM, where’s the big headline for all the lies Obama told?
That's funny. I know they are frauds, liars, and phonies!
TYPICAL. Just like they “know” the Tea Party is “finished”, they’ve been saying that for the past 5+ years....
Know it all morons....who have, like their HERO Zero, have NEVER RUN A BUSINESS IN THEIR LIFE.
The Obama Media Group rarely has an idea that differs from their WH marching orders. Drudge has the power to expose and they must fight him at all costs. The facts be damned.
> It’s exactly like Obama’s “You didn’t build that!” The Liberals won’t give us credit for anything. They think we are frauds, liars, and phonies. And when the Libs say something which is egregiously ignorant, we turn around and say, “I’m going to cut them some slack ...”
It’s why we lose.
Giving a crap about what libs think is the first mistake.
Yeah, what would they know about quarterly tax payments?
But ... ALL of the libs had no idea he filed as a small business?? Every single Talking Points Repeater? Hard to imagine...
Death to socialists.
They also don’t seem to understand the horrendous tax code they created. I’ll bet the paperwork Drudge filed SPECIFICALLY mentions the ACA (Obamacare) penalty calculation.
Eliminating withholding and having EVERYONE file quarterlies would make a lot of folks rethink their position on taxation.
I know he was pointing out the principle of the whole thing, and I applaud him for doing it, but have to think there was also an ulterior motive.
the WH and the libs will just bring more readers to drudge report.
That’s the point. They had no idea about something they were reporting on. The immediacy of their replies and knee jerk reactions just go to show, they are cheerleaders, not reporters.
Journalists are turning into 3rd rate bloggers. Real journalism is all but dead.
Why spend hundreds of thousands for special investigative reporting when you can just make something up.
Really shows their stupidity, doesn’t it. He no longer has any influence yet they fear every word he says. Obviously they’re afraid he’ll influence somebody. Probably afraid the yutes might believe him.
"They're going to kill us all!"
"Don't be ridiculous! They're not going to do anything 'til we get to the end of the line."
"Is that supposed to make me feel better? We're boarding now!"
Journalists have become bloggers and bloggers have become journalists.
Ah yes ... very true. It’s what’s at the end of the line that counts.
This is hilarious. The commie ‘RATS STILL haven’t read their Obamacare bill. GO MATT! Slam those ignorant idiots!
It’s true, but even some of the good blogs fail every so often, some of the good ones people post excerpts here fall into similar traps of presenting opinion as fact.
But if you think about the term Journalist. Somebody who keeps a journal, well a blog is a journal so Blogger == Journalist.
Journalticion == Hybrid between a mediocre journalist + mediocre politician currently posing as a journalist.
Politist == Hybrid between a mediocre politician + mediocre journalist currently posing as a politician.
“... Director of Progressive Media at the White House...”
The Washington Times needs to do a better job than this. There are a couple of errors in the piece that don’t help the case. Jesse Lee, not Jason Lee, for instance.
Apart from trial lawyers and hairdressers, who on the Left would have any clue about quarterly filing? What a wonderful example of their ignorance.
Health care coverage.
When you file your 2014 tax return in 2015, you will need to either (1) indicate on your return that you and your family had health care coverage throughout 2014, (2) claim an exemption from the health care coverage requirement for some or all of 2014, or (3) make a payment if you do not have coverage or an exemption(s) for all 12 months of 2014. For examples on how this payment works, go to www.IRS.gov/aca and click under the Individuals & Families section. You may want to consider this when figuring your Other taxes on Line 12 of the 2014 Estimated Tax Worksheet. For general information on these requirements, go to www.IRS.gov/aca .
Advance payments of the Premium Tax Credit.
If you buy health care insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, you may be eligible for advance payments of the Premium Tax Credit to help pay for your insurance coverage. Receiving too little or too much in advance will affect your refund or balance due. Promptly report changes in your income or family size to your Marketplace. You may want to consider this when figuring your estimated taxes for 2014. For more information, go to www.IRS.gov/aca and see Publication 5120 and Publication 5121 .
So the IRS is even telling you that you have to include your Obamacare tax/penalty/fee/fine/tax in your estimated tax starting on April 15.
By that standard the "witches" of Salem would have still burned.
These people are out to "hang" anyone on the right of "socialist". Give them no quarter.
This comes from the Yahoo "The Sideshow" Columnist Eric Pfeiffer in his commentary. First I love that first 'tortured English' line of "probably not exactly true" ?!?
As for the second line, how many people do we know that can say how much they are going to make in the next year? If you are salaried you can estimate but if you add together all of the other income items and adjustments even that is an estimate and if you are exclusively self-employed it then turns on how consistent your income and expense stream is as well. To make this statement, Mr Pfeiffer shows his own ignorance.
Next as an 'Enrolled Agent', professional tax preparer, I'll address the actual issue. Let us start at the begging of a tax year preparation. For those people who do not have tax withholding on their income, they are REQUIRED to pay quarterly estimated tax payments through the body of the year in question or face a possibility of a fine for lack of this payment. In the most basic computation to create the amount of this first 2014 quarterly payment (April 15th due date), you take the (2013) prior year tax liability, divide it into quarters and pay that amount. This is called the 'safe harbor' method and eliminates the possibility of a subsequent 2014 fine.
The rub, and it takes the dedicated liberal mind to find fault here, suppose the taxpayer (Mr Drudge) wishes to avoid large 2014 balance due and perhaps unfriendly discussions of low payments and such from IRS records illegally disclosed or politically motivated speeches by Harry Reid. In this case you add in the pro-rated penalty of 1% of 2013 AGI into the quarterly tax payment. Thus you are pre-paying a known potential tax, something the usual liberal can't is quite predisposed to favor, EXCEPT when it highlights a storm that they would like to avoid until after the current election!
The joke around my tax office is whether we will need to be wearing flack jackets for next year's tax season. No matter how well we warn or how clear we make the danger known, it is not going to be pretty when that bite hits someone who cannot afford it!
If Drudge didn’t have influence their little prog heads wouldn’t be spinning around. :-)
Yahoo probably has the worst story on it yet.
Not only do they wrongly present it as if there’s not an IRS entry line for Drudge to add onto his estimated quarterlies other estimated taxes, such as this one, but they claim that someone earning a million would owe $10K—when the cap on what’s owed is the average national cost of a bronze plan on the exchanges.
As for influence, Drudge (Drudgereport) has probably been instrumental in driving more than a few daily newspapers out of business.
Well, the thing about that is that Drudge doesn’t report anything. He only links back to the papers (or TV stations/radio stations) that do the reporting.
The perfect summation of the naivity of the sheeple concerning the ideology of Obama-enabler, phoney-"fairness"-promoter, Bill O'Reilly, who believes and continues to iterate that the Liar-in-Chief is really a good, patriotic American at heart...a president who is always trying to do the right thing for our country....and who is basically a good and honest man....just a little mixed up sometimes.
Just what is a Director of Progressive Media?
Indeed. Who had that job during the Bush administration?
Guy named O'Brien, just below Valerie Jarrett at the Ministry of Truth.
Perhaps these so called journalists should do their job and research the facts prior to shooting off their mouths.