Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Reporting on the tax system

Econopundit points out the misplaced hysteria in a NY Times story on IRS investigations. What I found more interesting is the note in Update II provided by John Henke who writes at the Q and O blog:
Notice [the NYT article] was written by David Cay Johnston, who seems to make a living writing about the many ways that our progressive tax system isn't really progressive and is out to get poor folks. Do a search for his old articles and you'll find a significant percentage dealing with that topic.

Plus, he wrote a book called "Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich - and Cheat Everybody Else". So, of course, the NYTimes has him covering the tax system. Funny, isn't it, how left wing pundits -- I could name a few -- routinely get jobs as reporters at major media outlets, but you never see reporters coming from, say, National Review or Weekly Standard.

No surprise. The "reporter" the Times thinks is best to cover the tax system is an extreme left-winger with a blatant agenda.

Of course, we need to remember that there's no liberal bias here. Just journalists doing their jobs.


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