Jun 1 2011

Knight-Ridder’s Name-Change Hasn’t Stopped Dissenting Reporting

Knight-Ridder’s Washington bureau distinguished itself in the run-up to the Iraq War by challenging Bush administration claims with fact-driven reporting (Extra!, 3-4/06). Now known as McClatchy, the bureau is still challenging dominant storylines. The idea that tax cuts spur economic growth goes unquestioned in much budget reporting. But McClatchy’s Tony Pugh (3/28/11) documented how questionable tax reductions in state after state have made budget gaps larger—and spending cuts deeper—than they would have otherwise been. Had Louisiana, for example, not twice rolled back income taxes for high earners in recent years, the state wouldn’t have had a deficit in fiscal year […]