Friday, December 17, 2010

I've written before that media bias shows up in many ways, sometimes in the stories they choose to cover or not cover, and sometimes in the way the information is presented...

An example of the latter is today's Washington Post story on the tax cut deal, where an accompanying chart shows the 'Average tax change per taxpayer'.

The chart shows the tax change per taxpayer compared to the 2010 tax rates that would have expired but for the bill, and not compared to the 2011 tax rates that would have been in effect if this bill hadn't been passed.

Thus, while the numbers are correct, the chart shows a much lower reduction in taxes (for all income groups) than would have been the case had the 'Bush tax cuts' not been extended... presenting, in my view, a distorted view of what was at stake.