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From Accuracy in Media‘s Allie Duzett:

CNN’s homepage today featured a prominent link to a page on CNNMoney.com entitled “Meanest budget cuts.” The subtitle of the article reads, “From heating for the poor to removing unexploded landmines, the budget compromise takes the ax to some very worthy programs.”

What is a supposedly unbiased news network doing calling any budget cut “mean?”

CNN has taken a break from impartiality to mourn the defunding of programs it deems “worthy.” Worthiness is in the eye of the beholder, and for CNN to deem one program more “worthy” than another, or even to claim that all programs are “worthy” regardless of cost, is biased.

Strangely, while the title of the article indicated that the budget cuts were “mean,” the seven “worthy” programs CNN featured were not nearly as affected by the cuts as one might assume. Even more strangely, CNN is open about this fact.

In the text detailing the cuts to the first featured program, taxpayer-funded community health centers, CNN explains that “under the sweeping health care legislation passed last year, the centers will actually see a $400 million increase in funding.” So why is this program featured in an article about “mean” budget cuts? Apparently because the money that they do receive will come with “restrictions” that will require centers to “make adjustments.”

In the text explaining the second featured program (“land mine removal”), the article explains that “It’s not clear if the $14 million in cuts will come out of the land mine program’s budget.” This is because land mine removal is only one aspect of the larger State Department project that has seen its budget cut. Yet the cut here is “mean,” even though it’s not even clear that the cut would affect land mine removal.

CNN notes that the third featured program, food stamps, actually received less of a cut than President Obama proposed. (Was President Obama “mean” for suggesting an even larger cut in the first place?) President Obama also proposed large cuts to another “worthy” program, “Housing Assistance for Native Americans” (the fifth listed program). Yet, CNN noted, that program got less of a cut than President Obama originally asked for—by $70 million.  Was Obama “mean” for suggesting even higher cuts?

The final “worthy” program covered—“Administration on aging”—did feature The Heritage Foundation’s Brian Riedl in defense of the “mean” cut, but the overall conclusion of the piece went as follows:

“We need to keep in mind that these programs serve less advantaged families,” said Isabel Sawhill, a senior fellow in the economic studies program at the Brookings Institution. “No sacrifice has been asked of the wealthy who don’t rely on such programs but do pay taxes.”

After admitting throughout the article that the “mean” budget cuts were not actually that “mean,” CNN ended on a quotation blaming the “wealthy” who apparently have not even “been asked” to “sacrifice.” Never mind that the top 1% of income earners in America already pay about 40% of total income taxes.

If CNN hopes to be considered an unbiased source of news, perhaps it ought to reconsider publishing articles such as “Meanest budget cuts.”

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Because most Americans have a high opinion of patriotism and most liberals aren’t patriotic, liberals keep trying to come up with new definitions of patriotism that have nothing to do with loving your country.

Case in point… 

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By Israelly Cool

As many of you discovered before me (due to the fact I just woke up), Arrigoni’s body has been found.

Hamas condemned the murder, on the grounds it harms the palestinians goals (not on moral grounds).

Hamas’ Interior Ministry called a special press conference following the recovery of the Italian peace activist’s body in Gaza.

The ministry denounced the act: “This is a heinous murder which does not represent our religion, values and costume,” it said in a statement, adding the act “harms the Palestinian people’s goals.” Hamas police have launched a full inquiry in the case.

Their costume consists of balaclavas, gun belts and bomb belts. I think the murder is completely consistent with this.

The PA’s Mahmoud Abbas also condemned the murder…for not serving the palestinian cause, but harming it.

While he has been murdered by the people he dedicated his life to supporting, I cannot bring myself to celebrate his murder like others have.

I found Rusty’s comments interesting:

When I first wrote this post, I thought everything would turn out fine. A few bruises, some lessons not learned, etc.

But now that he’s dead? My comments on the irony of it all aren’t so funny.

There is nothing funny about jihadis murdering an innocent civilian. Dumb and mislead or not, full responsibility for the man’s murder lie with the committed Islamists who murdered him.

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Part of me wants to LOL this. I mean, how can someone be so stupid as to not know what kind of people are walking around in Gaza? The other part of me thinks it’s just tragic and is ashamed that any part of me would blame the victim.

I guess I’ll just have to remain conflicted.

I am not so conflicted, and see it slightly differently. I don’t see Arrigoni as merely stupid. He burned with hatred for Israel, and actively worked to undermine the security of me and my fellow Israeli citizens. He was in bed with the terrorists, as it were. So while I won’t be celebrating his murder, I won’t be mourning him either.

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From Accuracy in Media‘s Allie Duzett:

This morning, an AP-GfK poll on taxes made the rounds. CBSNews.com, MSNBC.com, and ABCNews.com were just a few of the many who picked up the original AP story.

The original AP story was entitled, “AP-GfK Poll: Are your taxes fair? Most say yes.” CBSNews.com titled the story “Most Americans say the taxes they pay are fair.” At Politico the headline of a related story was “Polls: Most believe taxes are fair.” One site, News10.net, simply asked the question: “Are your taxes fair?”

Each “mainstream” media outlet seemed to pick up on the fact that according to the poll, more Americans believe their taxes to be “fair.” However, very few seemed to make a big deal of the following facts:

1.       The margin of error on the poll was 4.2 percentage points. That means that while the poll concluded that 54% of Americans found their taxes to be fair, and 46% found their taxes to be unfair, the margin of error is such that the numbers could just as easily indicate that 50% of Americans think their taxes are fair, compared with 50% of Americans who think their taxes are unfair.  In other words, the poll’s conclusions are not as conclusive as they might seem.

2.       The poll was only of adults, not likely voters. When compared with polls of likely voters, polls of all adults tend to produce more left-leaning results.

3.       Around half of Americans will always say their taxes are fair—because they don’t owe any federal income tax. Even The New York Times agreed in 2010 that it was “not wrong” that 47% of Americans do not pay federal income taxes.  Of course the almost-half of Americans who pay no federal income tax would find their tax burden fair.

In addition, most “mainstream” news sources glossed over the much more important statistic from the poll: that 62% of Americans favor cutting government spending as the main way the government should handle the deficit. Only 29% believe that taxes should be raised. Even if we were to narrow the gap with the margin of error, it would still leave us with 58% of Americans favoring spending cuts over tax increases.

Most news sources, including the AP in its original article, mentioned this significant fact in passing, choosing instead to focus on the “most Americans think their taxes are fair” line. However, as HotAir explains, the 62/29 margin is “a much more significant divide than between those who believe their tax levels to be fair or not.”

This is an obvious case of the media slanting a poll’s results: instead of focusing the reporting on the much more statistically significant number, they focused on the number that fit more with their agenda and ideological worldview.

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