Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me and I welcome their hatred.-FDR

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Media Spin

Take this headline:

Ill. faces 66 percent tax boost amid budget crisis

"66% is a lot" says the reader. But where does that 66% come from?

The increase now goes to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who supports the plan to temporarily raise the personal tax rate to 5 percent, a two-thirds increase from the current 3 percent rate.

Oh. Just 3 to 5 percent. If it went from 1 to 2 percent, would the headline read "Ill. faces 100 percent tax boost amid budget crisis?" Complete media spin.

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