While I agree there is a slant to some articles, literally EVERY one I read contained a "to be fair" statement referring to Obama's use of the $250K figure as an illustration of "middle income" with respect to tax cuts. And, while I was looking around, there was one headline that said "Obama's War on the Middle Class." So there's slant every which way out there. This is coming up now, because it JUST came up in an interview. Should the headline be, "Romney Agrees With Obama" or "Obama Already Said Something Romney Said Today." It's not how news works. And if the headline said, "Romney States Something We Probably Misunderstand" it wouldn't work very well either. So, they say things, it's reported. People are going to be looking for Romney to say something to grab people. It worked.
Originally Posted by ChristyMarie
Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I think the way the two candidates use the information is vastly different. I do believe that Obama was referring to "middle income" & meaning the financial point with respect to tax cuts and where the threshold would be. I do believe that Mitt Romney would consider it as more a combo of "middle income" and "middle class" context--more of the socio-economic idea. But that's me, and I do have an admitted bias. If he were to clearly state otherwise, I would give him the benefit of the doubt. I say that fairly confident that I won't have to. But I would.
As the arc of history bends towards justice, it's a new, more progressive day. --Steve Benen, The Maddow Blog, 11-07-12