Writes economist George Reisman:
The November 30, 2012 National (print) Edition of The New York Times’ main front page story is titled “Complaints Aside, Most Face Lower Tax Burden Than in the Reagan ’80s.”
The story takes up a sixth of the first page and spans an additional full two and a third pages inside the paper. It is clearly meant to convey something major and that at the same time happens to provide support for the Obama Administration’s current efforts to raise taxes. Namely, the proposition that accepting Obama’s tax increases will still leave most people with lower taxes than they paid under Reagan.
Unfortunately, for The Times and its prodigious propaganda effort, throughout the article “the Reagan ’80s” turn out to mean just the year 1980, which was not at all part of the Reagan ’80s, but was the last year of the Carter Administration….
Interestingly, the Times may have already been told that its headline was blatantly dishonest. Its online version of the same article carries the title “Tax Burden Is Lower for Most Americans Than in the 1980s.” The Times apparently thinks that it can get away with its dishonesty simply by removing the reference to Reagan.
Read Reisman’s blog post “Dishonesty on Front Page of New York Times.”