Beltway Spin Podcasts

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Something You Will Not See On Corporate Media 'News" Programs

Remember the debate last year about whether or not the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthy should be extended? It seemed the vast majority of reporters and pundits echoed the GOP talking points on this issue: "Should taxes be raised during a bad economy?" The correct question was should taxes be raised on millionaires and billionaires during a bad economy? Of course if the question was framed like the later, the majority of the general public would have overwhelmingly supported that. This is the very reason that the GOP and the corporate media framed the question the way they did, to make ordinary Americans making $30,000 or $60,000 a year fear that taxes would be raised on them. This issue will resurface once again, just in time for the 2012 Presidential election and you can bet the GOP and corporate media will frame the issue the exact same way they did last year.

Fast forward. There is a group of American millionaires labeling themselves as "Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength" who are advocating for higher taxes on the wealthy in America to help our nation stay afloat until our economy recovers. This group took out an ad in the New York Post last year during the debate on the renewal of the Bush Tax Cuts. It got very little to no media coverage on the major and cable television news networks. You will not see them of course appearing as guests on premier beltway news programs like Meet The Press, Face The Nation, and the like.

Here is a  report by National Public Radio (NPR) taking a closer look at their proposal.


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