Mainstream Journalists Try To 'Fact Check' Americans Happy About Tax Cut, Get Destroyed

NBC's Katy Tur and others tried to prove people wouldn't see a benefit from extra cash.

Journalists like NBC's Katy Tur seem desperate to convince Americans that any benefit they might see from the Republican tax cut package that passed late last year, is, as Nancy Pelosi would say, "crumbs" — but keep falling victim to an insular coastal culture that renders them incapable of understanding what even a couple of extra bucks in a paycheck means to middle Americans.

At a stop in Ohio yesterday, President Trump brought a man on stage who said he'd be using his $1,000 to provide for a new baby. Another woman said she'd use the extra money to pay off some of the bills she's racked up sending her child to college, and would put some of the money toward a down payment on a home.

Tur was scandalized and questioned whether the speakers had any concept of how much those projects cost.

Neither speaker appeared to be under the impression that that extra money would wipe out their obligations, or pay off their debt. But Tur insisted that they'd be left destitute anyway.

A thousand dollars could go a long way to a down payment for someone using the FHA's lending program, which allows borrowers to put around 3.5% down on a home and still qualify for a 30 year mortgage. Placed in a savings account, or used in a CD, a thousand dollars could earn a return that most certainly could be used to help defray college costs, pay down medical bills, or help someone afford a new home or a new car.

But the fact-checking didn't stop with NBC. CBS, too, tried to convince someone with an even smaller return — just a few bucks per paycheck — that they'd see no benefit from the tax cuts. Instead, their chosen victim calmly explained that she'd actually put that money to good use.

The media aren't simply providing information here, they're actively campaigning against a Trump Administration policy.

After all, how else would you explain the difference between how they've covered the Trump tax cut and how they covered a $40-per-paycheck bump from an Obama era policy. Back then, media outlets breathlessly covered a White House initiative that asked Americans what "#40dollars" means to them. Outlets like Mashable encouraged the White House to fight for the payroll tax cut on Twitter. CNN reprinted many of the tweets.

It's also strange when you compare the Democrats' and media's reaction to a mere $100 or $180 extra per year when just one presidential term ago, they were claiming that an extra $15 to $50 per month (or an extra $150 per year) spent on birth control would bankrupt America's women, forcing them into pregnancy at such an alarming rate that the Health and Human Services department had no choice but to force old nuns to provide their caretakers with comprehensive plans that provided birth control for free.


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