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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Creating and perpetuating a lie - Fox News style

I watched Fox News for about five minutes tonight. It was more than enough. Greta Van Susteren, one of the less doctrinaire hosts (if such a thing is even possible), was interviewing Rep. Darrel Issa of California.

The subject was the Bush tax cuts and the usual GOP claim that raising the top marginal rate will hurt job creation etc etc. He claimed this would even punish people earning less than $250K a year if they were to sell a business or property that would push their income over the threshold they would then pay the higher rate.

Issa, more than most politicians should know that such income is considered capital gains and would be taxed at 15%, considering the sale of his interest in his car alarm company after he was elected to Congress. Van Susteren, naturally didn't challenge Issa's clear as daylight lie.

No wonder Fox news listeners are repeatedly shown to be the least informed segment of the population in poll after poll.

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