The liberal apologists in the media are promoting the Governor Pat Quinn’s 33% income tax increase as a “one percent increase.”
Maybe it’s not their liberal bent.
Maybe they have problems with math.
The first notice of this impairment I heard was on WBBM News Radio 78 while picking up my son from school just after 2 PM. The announcer led into the tax hike story by saying it was a
“one percent increase.”
The reporter on the story got it right.
He identified it immediately thereafter as a “33% increase.”
hen, on the ABC Channel 7 newscast, Charles Thomas, the man who replaced Andy Shaw, said it was
a “one percent increase.”
I later noticed that Rich Miller at Capitol Fax Blog headlined his income tax article with the incorrect “one percent tax hike for schools.”
Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010
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That was just before Quinn’s noon speech.
* I’m told that the one percent tax surcharge would bring in somewhere between $2.8 and $3 billion. Wish I knew that when I was on live TV and was asked the question cold.
It was not until more than SIX hours later that anyone corrected Miller:
– Elin – Wednesday, Mar 10, 10 @ 6:13 pm:A one percent tax increase would bring in far less than $2.8 billion or $3 billion. A 33 percent tax increase, on the other hand…
And, as of over nineteen hours after it was originally posted, it remains incorrect.
But, it served its purpose, if, indeed, it was deliberate and not a mistake.
Reporters and political opinion leaders all over the state were told it was a “one percent tax hike.”
Can it be that reporters really so bad at very simple math?
Even the Chicago Sun-Times got it wrong: