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Backdoor taxes story…
Backdoor taxes to hit middle class
NEW YORK (Reuters.com) –The Obama administration’s plan to cut more than $1 trillion from the deficit over the next decade relies heavily on so-called backdoor tax increases that will result in a bigger tax bill for middle-class families.
Is it true that you removed a story last night that was critical of Obama’s new budget tax implications for the middle class because of pressure from the White House?
If so, shame on you! The American people require a national media that is impartial, free thinking and not beholden to any group, if we are to continue living as a free society. Most of our national media is in the back pocket of the liberal politicians, and we are being led down a path that we will come to regret, and will likely be the demise of our country. I place the blame for this on a mainstream press that pushes a certain political agenda, and intentionally ignores obvious hypocrisies and flaws in the liberal logic that is being presented.
You all need to get back in touch with true American values and principles that this country was built on and made this country great.
I’m certain that the great journalists in the past are weeping at the thought that independent journalism and criticism has fallen out of favor.
This story is filled with errors that truly offend any sense of even-handness, accuracy and diligence. The budget only rolls back the Bush tax cuts for those making over $200k in some instances and $250k in others. The rates for the tax brackets below that are not being rolled back, which is the whole underpinning of this story. What an embarrassing mistake. Also, calling the Estate Tax the Death Tax is straight from the conservative playbook.
I was surprised and dismayed by the retraction of the article regarding back door tax increases. This smacks of a political agenda where this organization appears to suppress stories that do not conform with its goals. The government has may methods for disseminating its point of view and I’m fairly certain that it does not need your organization to vet stories to present the government in a flattering light.
Why did you bow to the white house pressure to cancel your report on the back door tax increases included in obamas new budget?? you people obviously have no spine to let a socialist/marxist radical change our country to his radical revolutionary mission with unsustainable deficits without reporting it to the readers of your news organizations. I am so dissapointed in your weak decision to not allow the US taxpayer to understand that their taxes will increase that I am going to cancel my email subscription to reuters. I will also advise all my family and friends to do the same.
I read the story earlier this morning. I thought it was very well written and explained the details of hidden tax resets that will cost all Americans additional taxes in the coming years.
This morning I read your article “Backdoor Taxes Hit Middle Class” and now find that the piece has been removed with a message that it will be updated or replaced later this week.
Why did you give in to the White House’s demand to scrap your article, “Backdoor taxes to hit middle class?” Did they threaten you? Regardless of your answer, your reputation has been compromised more than usual this time.
I’m curious as to why the article “Backdoor taxes to hit middle class” was removed. I am a teacher and am trying to teach about the importance, impact, and processes of journalism and journalists, so this uncommon withdraw is a good topic to explore.
Your news organization is a joke and you wonder why your profession is losing credibility in the U.S and around the world. Further Reuters states there will be no follow up story.
It’s nice to know what was once considered a credible news organization is now taking its direction from the Obama administration. I am extremely disappointed in your caving in to the thought police and pulling one of the few stories I have seen from Reuters that actually tells THE TERUTH!! Your succumbing to seemingly Obama censorship is just appaling. This is just one more indication how we are rapidly becoming a banana republic of the north following Hugo Chavez and Castro governement role models. Reuters has no kahonas and is no better than MSNBC and all the other nut jobs in the Obama Media machine!!
Once Drudge highlights that you pulled a story reflecting badly on the Obama administration, don’t you kind of have to put it back? Where is your journalistic integrity? Do you want to become the next New York Times?
One of your writers had a very good article about the president’s new budget and how it will increase taxes on most Americans. It is my understanding that Reuters pulled the article after the White House complained. I can only imagine two scenarios that would cause you to pull the article; the article was not accurate, or Reuters is President Obama’s lapdog. Which is it?
So, you publish a story that tells the truth about who will be paying taxes in the world according to Obama. The WH gets mad and jumps down your throat. You then retract the story with a lame “later this week” comment.
You had better not allow your reputation to be tied to this administration. If I were you, I would put that story back in with every comma and period. Otherwise, there is no defense that will make more sense than paragraph 1.
My estimation, and the estimation of your independence, veracity, and trustworthiness to the people of the US is now within your hands. Whadda ya gonna do? Back down like a coward?
I see that you have caved in to Obama’s censorship of your story about his backdoor tax increases. Fuck you damn leftist media pukes.
So are you guys being pressured by Democrats/Obama to pull article on back door tax increases. Shame on you. People need to know this administrations agenda
On what side of journalistic ethics does this fall? Was there legitimate concern that the article was inaccurate in some way or was there illegitimate concern on Washington’s part that the article was accurate in all ways?
I am a virtual founding member of the wave of Americans who are distrustful of our media. But, however prejudiced I may be, today’s event has an unpleasant odor.
I wanted to share the story with a co-worker and found that the story had been pulled. Please repost the article as it does all Americans, and Reuters, good to have the honest information out and available.
We got lots and lots and lots of reader feedback about this story, and have issued the following advisory:
The Feb 1 story headlined “Backdoor taxes to hit middle class” is wrong and has been withdrawn. The story said lower-income families will pay more under tax provisions scheduled to expire Dec 31. The Obama administration’s budget calls for the extension of those tax provisions for households earning less than $250,000. There will be no substitute story.