Major newspapers and broadcast and cable TV news largely ignored a peaceful religious protest against budget cuts to social programs in which more than 100 people were arrested. A search of the Nexis "major newspapers" database -- which contains 87 newspapers -- turned up only 10 mentions of the event.
Major news outlets ignored President Bush's decision not to attend the once-a-decade White House Conference on Aging, where, according to the Palm Beach Post, he was the target of "a stinging rebuke" and where delegates refused to embrace "the Medicare drug law or Bush's call for private Social Security investment accounts." Outlets focused instead on Bush's speech at a Virginia event designed to promote the Medicare prescription drug benefit.
A New York Times editorial wrongly suggested that Congress had defied Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) and eliminated funding for two "bridges to nowhere." In fact, the money was sent to Alaska with no strings attached, instead of being specifically allocated to the bridge projects.
A New York Times report ignored the primary reason that the Senate has failed to act to reform the alternative minimum tax (AMT) -- so Senate Republicans can improve the chance of passing capital gains and dividend tax cuts next year as part of the same reconciliation package. The article also omitted the reasons why Democrats object to the tax-cut plan -- they would benefit the wealthy on the heels of spending cuts that targeted the poor and would far outweigh recently approved spending cuts.
In covering the House of Representatives' approval of extending tax breaks on investment income, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the Associated Press did not mention that the cost of the tax-cut package far exceeds recent spending cuts.
Fox News' Gary Smith claimed that the average person is better off then they were four or eight years ago "by almost any metric," even though average real income has declined every year since 2000 and other Census Bureau measures also refute his claim.
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