‘Reporters Should Do Their Job’

“It’ll probably work politically,” The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes observed of President Obama’s “fairness”-based “Buffett Rule” tax hike quest, “but don’t reporters have a job to do here?” On FNC’s Special Report on Tuesday night he noted the 30 percent income tax rate on capital gains “would raise less than six percent of the total cost of the stimulus” and “would raise roughly the same amount in one year” as “the U.S. government accumulates in debt in a single day.”

Declaring it “totally meaningless,” Hayes asserted “there’s nothing serious about” Obama’s economic plan and so, he suggested in an idea with little chance of occurring, “reporters should do their job and put this in perspective.”

No surprise, they didn’t on Tuesday night and haven’t in the past. CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley relayed how “the President took his re-election campaign to Florida today. He hammered away at what will be one of his main themes against Governor Romney, that high-income earners should pay more in taxes.”

Reporter Norah O’Donnell, who offered no contrary information in her April 10 story, explained Obama’s spin:

Here’s what the President is talking about. People who make their money from investments like stocks and bonds pay a tax rate of 15 percent. That’s about what Mitt Romney paid in 2010. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett says it’s unfair and wealthier Americans should pay more. The President is calling for a tax of 30 percent on incomes above a million dollars. The Senate will consider the so-called Buffett Rule on Monday. Mr. Obama says making wealthier Americans pay more in taxes is an issue of fundamental fairness.

In fact, the average effective federal income tax rate for taxpayers is 11 percent, I noted in my January 24 post, “Nets Use Romney’s Taxes to Advance Obama’s False ‘Fairness’ Narrative,” which includes a table showing those earning between $50,000 and $75,000 pay an average effective income tax rate of 7 percent, 8 percent for those taking in $75,000 to $100,000 and 12 percent for those between $100,000 and $200,000.

Read More at Media Research Center. By Brent Baker.