CNN Perpetuates Liberal Talking Point on 'Cost' of Extending Tax Rates
Thursday's Newsroom, CNN's Brooke Baldwin continued her network's
liberal spin on the proposed compromise between President Obama and
congressional Republicans to extend the current Bush-era tax rates,
treating it as government spending. Baldwin hyped the apparent "two-year cost of this new cut" and how letting taxpayers keep their money would supposedly add to the deficit.
The anchor raised the "cost" issue during an interview of Democratic Congressman Jay Inslee six minutes into the 3 pm Eastern hour:
BALDWIN: Congressman, we're scratching our heads a bit over these numbers, and I'm hoping you can help me out here, because they're kind of all over the place. The latest we are getting is this two-year cost of this new tax cut, it's somewhere in the ballpark between $800 billion and $900 billion- that is just specifically the tax cut- and then, the top 2 percent would take up about 20 percent of that $800 billion to $900 billion pie. So, Congressman, how close is that to what you're hearing? How close is that to reality?
Seventeen minutes later, Baldwin brought on correspondent Jessica Yellin to discuss the tax compromise. After playing a sound bite of Senator-Elect Rand Paul expressing his concerns about keeping the current tax rates without cutting spending, the CNN anchor used the liberal talking point that merely keeping the current tax rates would contribute to the deficit: