Feb
04
2014

NY Times Covers for Obama's Move to the Right

Paper misrepresents inequality poll

Tax the Rich mural (photo: Tiff Chow)

President Barack Obama has decided to talk less about income inequality and more about "opportunity." This shift to a more conservative framework to discuss economic divisions is, according to the New York Times, what the public wants. But that doesn't appear to be the case. Reporter Jackie Calmes (2/4/14) explained that Republicans think talking about inequality "smacks of class warfare," and suggests that the public at large thinks so too: "On this question, the president and his party have moved in Republicans'--and voters'--direction," she wrote. The Times added that Democrats see that opportunity frame "as more appealing to middle-class voters […]

Apr
16
2013

Social Security Cuts Are Media's 'Center'

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The White House plan to cut Social Security benefits has been praised by major media as a brave move towards the "middle" by Obama, as well as an effort to use a more "accurate" measure of inflation. Neither claim is credible. Part of the White House plan is to change how inflation is calculated, by switching to the "chained consumer price index." This results in a small reduction in benefits that compounds over time, so the cuts get larger as retirees get older. Many in the media depicted this as a bold centrist move. An Associated Press dispatch (4/5/13) began: […]