With all the projected red ink, The Times and other newspapers are starting to pay attention to the budget mess. Unfortunately, this newspaper has recently gone out of its way to suggest that the budget crisis is primarily traceable to spending. The role that tax policy plays in the persistent revenue shortfalls receives much less attention. [...] The politics of the budget crisis are in large part shaped by media coverage. When the state’s largest and most influential paper focuses on spending — while largely ignoring the revenue side — in budget articles, it implies that the solution to the budget crisis is slashing spending rather than raising taxes. That’s not balanced journalism.Ã‚Â
Believe it or not, that’s our friend from Calitics, Robert in Monterey, featured in an Op-Ed in today’s LA Times. First off, I’m amazed that someone offering such a direct challenge to The Times actually got published. And secondly, it’s great to see a progressive blogger call out the mainstream media here for their consistent repetition of right-wing talking points on fiscal issues.
So if you were looking for a real reason to open up the morning paper and actually read it, here ‘ya go. If you have that LA paper sitting on your kitchen paper, open it up and read the rest of what Robert says on the media and the California budget. And if you don’t, follow the above link to read it online.
It’s about time that the MSM get challenged on their biased budget “reporting”.