The hopelessness of the whale: Reading a post by Kevin Drum, we saw this quote from Doyle McManus in the Los Angeles Times:
MCMANUS (10/10/12): But once the two candidates met on an equal footing in Denver, many voters were amazed to meet a Romney who seemed like an earnest businessman looking for ways to fix the economy—a Romney who insisted that, contrary to his previously stated positions, he didn't want to cut taxes for the wealthy, abandon healthcare reform or reduce education spending (issues that polls find especially important to female voters).Doyle McManus was shocked, shocked to hear Romney say that he didn't want to cut taxes for the wealthy.
Maybe McManus should try reading his own newspaper! Here's Maeve Reston, in a front-page news report on September 10, in the Los Angeles Times:
RESTON (9/10/12): The focus on Romney's budget was prompted by an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," where he insisted that he would cut taxes for middle-income Americans but not for the rich. Host David Gregory pressed Romney for just one example of a tax loophole employed by the wealthy that he would close, but Romney would not offer one.Those were paragraphs 5 and 6 of a front-page news report. But so what?
"High-income taxpayers are going to have fewer deductions and exemptions. Those numbers are going to come down. Otherwise they'd get a tax break," Romney replied. "I want to make sure people understand, despite what the Democrats said at their convention, I am not reducing taxes on high-income taxpayers."
One month after Reston's report, McManus was shocked, shocked when Romney said he doesn't want to cut taxes for the wealthy.
Romney’s proposal doesn’t seem to make sense. McManus’ journalism is worse. The truth is, we no longer have a press corps when people like McManus clown, play, pontificate, misstate and posture like this.
Doyle McManus was shocked last week. Maybe it's time for one more of these never-was has-beens to go.