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November 18, 2005
Dishonesty In Headlining

Tax-Cut Measure Faces Bush Veto Threat

That's a headlilne that clearly implies Bush opposes the tax cuts.

In truth, he just opposes the added-on tax of oil companies to use some of their windfall profits to help pay for post-Katrina damage.

For the record, I agree that the idea of creating a tax "after the fact" is a bad idea. If the oil companies done wrong, then charge them with it and fine them. If they want to do something to improve their image, let them donate $4.3 million for rebuilding.

But that's not the point. The point is that the NYTimes chose a misleading headline.

I liked the one for the story above this one a lot better. G.O.P. Forces Nearly $50 Billion in Budget Cuts Through House It's got impact, and from all that I've read, it absolutely an accurate way to describe what happened.

Posted by AnneZook at 10:50 AM


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