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Back in college (during the Cold War, while the Soviet Empire was still alive and, barely, kicking), at Temple University – the reddest of red of the far left radical chic campuses in the US – we used to joke that beyond the Iron Curtain the only place where communism still had any credibility was on Western universities.

22 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and 19 years after the Soviet Union collapsed due both to its internal contradictions as well as the courage, iron will and moral fortitude of those in the West who refused to bow to its expansionist totalitarian ideology, Communism is apparently alive and well, and is still able to get past the ideological gate keepers of the Guardian Left.

The Guardian has commissioned Peter Thompson (a UK Academic, naturally) to a 3-part series on the tragically misunderstood movement in, interestingly, the CiF Belief section:

As someone who remembers the bountiful pseudo intellectual Marxist apologias from the late 80s, Thompson’s tropes strike a familiar chord, especially his entertaining lament that:

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I was pleased to have an opportunity to interview conservative media mogul Andrew Breitbart about his new book “Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World! .” What follows is a slightly edited transcript of our conversation.

I always find it fascinating when people who used to be liberal say they turned to the right. That happened with you. Can you tell us about it?

Well, it’s a cliché from the left to the right. And it’s usually a story of opportunism in those few cases where the people move from the right to the left. It’s almost embarrassing to go back into my liberal background because it was about as shallow a belief system as humanly possible. It was go-along to get-along social. It was living in Los Angeles, being young and single and flowing with the trendy liberal crowd.

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From Accuracy in Media‘s Allie Duzett:

Although the Associated Press purports to be a news service, sometimes the articles it publishes read more like opinion pieces. Today, an article from the AP did just that. This “news” article was linked at the top of the Drudge Report.

The article, entitled “Super rich see federal taxes drop dramatically,” seems less dedicated to straight reporting than to the subtle promotion of progressive tax policy: taxing the “rich” more while removing tax breaks.

By the fourth paragraph of the article, the AP reporter is already asking the question: “The top income tax rate is 35 percent, so how can people who make so much pay so little in taxes?” The reporter never clarifies exactly who the “people who make so much” are (are they the top 400 income earners? Or the top 1 percent of taxpayers? Or just the “wealthy” in general?), and he never explains how much (or how “little”) any of them pay in taxes.

But despite the vagueness of the question, the article goes on to answer it. How can “people who make so much” pay “so little” in taxes? Why, the answer is tax breaks, and the article doesn’t let you forget it.

After stating that both President Obama and “Republicans” want to “do away with tax breaks to lower the rates and to reduce government borrowing,” the reporter argues that although “More than half of the nation’s tax revenue came from the top 10 percent of earners in 2007” and “More than 44 percent came from the top 5 percent,” that “the wealthy have access to much more lucrative tax breaks than people with lower incomes.”

He goes on to write, “Obama wants the wealthy to pay so ‘the amount of taxes you pay isn’t determined by what kind of accountant you can afford.’”

The next 8 paragraphs of the article deal with the claims of one Eric Schoenberg, a professor at Columbia University who “inherited money” and “has a healthy portfolio from his days as an investment banker.” The article reports that Schoenberg says to “sign him up for paying higher taxes,” because he doesn’t think it’s “fair” that he only pays “1 percent of [his] income in tax.”

Notably, the AP does include two sentences of rebuttal to Schoenberg’s argument, in the form of Orrin Hatch pointing out that no one is keeping Schoenberg from paying Uncle Sam as much as he finds “fair.” However, immediately after those two sentences, the article goes back to Schoenberg: “Schoenberg said Hatch’s suggestion misses the point.”

The next paragraph quotes Schoenberg arguing that people must essentially be forced to pay taxes, because, as he says, “Are you going to let people volunteer to build the road system? Are you going to let them volunteer to pay for education?”

Of the 8 paragraphs dedicated to anecdotal evidence of a “wealthy” professor who wishes he were forced to pay more in federal income taxes, only two sentences total offer another solution. To put it into concrete numbers, the article spends 238 words on the Schoenberg anecdote. The two sentences which mention voluntary payment of extra taxes make up 25 words, or just 10.5% of the story. Remember that the 10.5% of the anecdote were ridiculed by the story’s main character, Eric Schoenberg, in the very next two paragraphs.

Further down in the article, the AP defends those with “low and medium incomes” who “escape” federal income taxes, arguing that “most of them pay other taxes, including Social Security and Medicare taxes, property taxes and retail sales taxes.” While this statement is objectively true—those with “low and medium incomes” do pay taxes other than income taxes—another truth is that the “wealthy” also pay those taxes. The wealthy are not exempt, yet the article doesn’t point this out.

“Super rich see federal taxes drop dramatically” is an article that may be unfit for the Associated Press—if the AP has any interest in portraying itself as an objective news outlet. For an article calling itself news, it sure reads like an opinion piece.

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Hat tip to Roy.

Klein Verzet has the story here.

And a translation of the blog post here, reprinted below. Note in particular what leftists say behind closed doors about why they support the “Palestinian” cause:

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Lefties love to blast conservatives for their “vitriolic discourse”, yet often fail spectacularly to maintain basic civility in their own discourse.   The New Tone Award is reserved for liberal notables who wallow in this hypocrisy. Details about what each nominee said to deserve being singled out for this dubious honor, can be found below the poll.

After several weeks of doing this, we are starting to see some repeat offenders, and this week, one individual really distinguished himself by earning two slots in the poll.

Poll: New Tone Nominees For Week Of 4/09-4/15

Ed Markey (D-ranged): GOP “Trying To Destroy The Whole Wide World”

Some choice derangement from his rants about GOP legislation to stop ‘net neutrality” and stop the EPA from regulation greenhouse gases without Congressional authority:

  • the GOP is trying to shut down the Internet
  • GOP stands for “gang of polluters”
  • Republicans are trying to destroy the World Wide Web
  • Republicans are trying to destroy the whole wide world
  • from smokestacks belching massive amounts of dangerous global warming pollution
  • human health (from a trace gas necessary for most life on Earth) should be our priority
  • these two evil legislative twins would pull us in the opposite direction

Chris Matthews: “30,000 People Will Die Because of Paul Ryan’s Budget”…

In an interview with actress Ashley Judd about health issues in Africa, Chris Matthews declares 30,000 people will die because of the Paul Ryan plan.

Bill Maher To Rachel Maddow On The GOP: ‘I Hate Them As Much As You Do’

After spending nearly thirteen minutes venting about the Republicans, in the final few seconds, Maher simply concluded, “I don’t know what to say about these people Rachel, I hate them as much as you do.”


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