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For Gannett, Slowing Rate of Welfare Growth = "Budget Cut"
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 11/24/2005 5:01:52 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

by Mark Finkelstein

November 24, 2005 - 07:29.

Remember the good old MSM trope from the days when Newt was Speaker? The notion that slowing the runaway growth of any government program was actually a cut?

Well, just in time for Thanksgiving, it's b-a-a-ack.

My local paper, the Ithaca Journal, leads with this tear-jerker of a banner headline: "Budget Cuts Would Hit State's Poor Hard". Here's a link:

http://www.ithacajournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051124/NEWS01/511240324/1002

Reporter John Machacek talks of thousands of welfare recipients being "squeezed," of the poor being dealt a "blow" and the proposals "poking sizeable holes in New York's safety net."

And of course the story is complete with heart-tugging personal stories: a cancer survivor living in a YMCA; a single mother with an asthmatic child, both worried about how the 'cuts' might affect them.

But buried nine paragraphs deep in the story, we find that the "cuts" . . . really aren't cuts at all: "the bill mostly pares back the growth in spending for federal anti-poverty programs."

Translation: rather than being cut, welfare spending will actually increase. It simply won't do so at the rate some of the biggest spenders would like.

Even so, the reporter insists that even these modest reductions in the growth of the welfare state "could be troublesome."

Machacek later informs us that "Democrats, advocates for the poor and even some New York Republicans" claim the "budget cuts" could "hurt a significant number of needy people."

You know 'cuts' must be mean-spirited when "even some Republicans" oppose them!

For the MSM, nothing must impede the growth of the welfare state.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: cityofevil; demagogicparty; gannett; gannettnewsservice; ithaca; ithacajournal; memebuilding; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; welfare

1 posted on 11/24/2005 5:01:53 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Mean-spirited Republican ping to the Today Show ping list.


2 posted on 11/24/2005 5:02:51 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Happy Thanksgiving glgb!

Thanks for your tireless reporting from the belly of the beast.


3 posted on 11/24/2005 5:05:29 AM PST by RobFromGa (Polls are for people who can't think for themselves.)
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To: RobFromGa

Thanks, Rob, and same to you.

I flipped channels among Today, GMA and the Early Show, looking for something outrageous to report on, but they were all on their best behavior with nice Thanksgiving stories.

I needed my liberal media bias fix, and fortunately my liberal local paper came through for me with that goo-goo banner headline story!


4 posted on 11/24/2005 5:08:32 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

It USED to be that the most important details were in the lead of a news article. Agenda-driven "reporters" mask such details nowadays....must be the "new" journalism being taught by lib professors. And they wonder why newspapers are suffering, cutting staff, and going out of business. HA


5 posted on 11/24/2005 5:11:13 AM PST by Carolinamom
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Leftists lie. 'Twas ever thus.


6 posted on 11/24/2005 5:11:59 AM PST by Petronski (Cyborg is the greatest blessing I have ever known.)
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To: Carolinamom

Talk about burying the lead, no?

Written from another perspective, the headline could have read "Welfare Spending to Increase, Some Still not Satisfied"


7 posted on 11/24/2005 5:13:51 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The Need Is Great - just look at how much we are spending!

The Feds were crabbing at California a few years ago because Food Stamp caseloads were falling. Social Services and the Legislature responded by giving everyone that goes off cash grant for any reason an extra five months of Food Stamps in the amount last received, no matter what.

You lost your kids because of abuse or neglect? No problem-o! You get FS for that same family size.

Your only baby died under suspicious circumstances in house where you were running a meth lab? FS for the same family size. The need is great.


8 posted on 11/24/2005 5:33:14 AM PST by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Happy Thanksgiving governs...

I have never seen the slowing of growth of a government entitlement program stated as anything but a severe cut by the press, along with tearjerker stories of the poor who will likely have their lives destroyed due to a conservative policy (even though as conservatives we never see the "cuts" as nearly strong enough). I believe this may be the longest standing example of unwarranted outrage and bias in the MSM.

I think my head would spin if I ever saw a headline calling it slowing growth instead of deep cuts.


9 posted on 11/24/2005 5:55:25 AM PST by soloNYer
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To: soloNYer
Tes, and churches are circulating petitions to block the "cuts". This drives me nutz. We are supposed to celebrate the removal of folks from the welfare programs as they move from welfare to work, but alas, no. Success equals failure once again and smaller rate of increase is a cut in the small liberal mind. Eeeeevil Republicans again.
10 posted on 11/24/2005 6:12:20 AM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; bentfeather; gaspar; NativeNewYorker; drjimmy; Atticus; John Valentine; ...
My local paper, the Ithaca Journal,

Ithaca is the City of Evil.


11 posted on 11/24/2005 6:58:41 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

bump


12 posted on 11/24/2005 7:13:30 AM PST by Soaring Feather
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

BUMP!


13 posted on 11/24/2005 7:51:04 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Image hosted by Photobucket.com from the Peoples DemocRATic Welfare Nation of Ithaca EVIL!!!
14 posted on 11/24/2005 7:57:13 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Now as I understand libs have been criticizing the Bush admin for increasing the deficit and failing to find more sources of energy which could help up relieve our dependence on mideast oil. Is that not correct? (he said rhetorically). So the Bush admin wants to drill for more oil in Alaska where there is a proven supply of millions of barrels of oil and has proposed a bill in congress that would cut the rate of spending. So naturally the Dems support both of these measures, right? Well no, they OPPOSE!!!! both proposals. Again I ask why should sane people vote for Dems?


15 posted on 11/24/2005 8:24:08 AM PST by driftless ( For life-long happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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