ABC Knocks Obama for 'Caving' and 'Moving Right' on 'Tax Cuts for the Richest Americans'
Published: 12/6/2010 5:12 PM ET
World News anchors and reporters on Sunday chided Barack Obama from the left, complaining that he was "caving" and "breaking one of his biggest campaign promises" by preventing tax rates from increasing in January. ABC's Washington editor Rick Klein worried, "President Obama has been clear this was a critical position and he is caving on it, in, in allowing all the tax cuts to be extended."
Reporter David Kerley fretted, "The President is preparing to break one of his biggest campaign promises. He is poised to extend tax cuts to the richest Americans in exchange for helping millions who are jobless."
He went on to highlight Democratic angst over this apparent outrage, reminding, "For Democrats, making this deal, giving in on taxes to get unemployment benefits extended, is a tough pill to swallow."
Indeed, both segments devoted to this topic focused on whether this was an alarming sign that the President would abandon other liberal ideals. Klein alerted, "So, the, the view of many in the left is that if the President has to move this far right now, he's gonna have to go that much farther once, once Republicans take control of the House next month."
Although Kerley did explain the impact of allowing a tax increase, he also derided the "cost" of such an action: "It is a costly deal at a time of worry about the deficit. None of the cuts is paid for. In fact, keeping taxes at this level over the next 10 years could add nearly $4 trillion to the national debt."
At no time did any of the ABC journalists frame the issue as one of Republicans, who won a major midterm victory, standing firm on campaign promises.
The World News reporters were echoing the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which is running ads encouraging Obama to "keep your promise" on letting the tax cuts expire.
For more on this segment, see a post by the MRC's Brad Wilmouth.
A transcript of the December 5 segment, which aired at 6pm EST on December 5, follows: