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They Buried The Lede

CNN is reporting on the protests in Wisconsin, but you have to get to the bottom of the article to find the truth:

But the state’s Legislative Fiscal Bureau — similar to the federal government’s Congressional Budget Office — reported last month that tax cuts passed late last year by Wisconsin’s newly elected, Republican-led legislature had helped add more than $200 million to the state’s budget shortfall.

Walker’s proposed legislation requires workers to cover more of their health care premiums and pension contributions, although supporters say local governments will decide on health care contributions for their employees.

The legislation also requires collective bargaining units to conduct annual votes to maintain certification, a costly procedure, and eliminates the right of unions to have dues deducted from worker paychecks.

Wisconsin has been in good fiscal shape and should be running a small surplus, but then the Republicans took over and plunged the government into a deficit. The Republicans created the crisis and now they want the workers to pay for it, rather than repealing their ill-advised “initiatives”. They created the situation so they could impose their “solution”.

None of this was necessary. This is like the defendant who murdered his parents and asked for leniency because he’s an orphan.


1 Badtux { 02.19.11 at 12:23 pm }

Interesting how CNN’s reporters had to bury the lede so that their ideological minders (“editors”) would scan the first couple of paragraphs, see that they supported official ideology, and put it in print without noticing that the remainder of the story contained facts that contradicted official ideology. So it goes in Soviet America…

— Badtux the Sovok Penguin

2 Bryan { 02.19.11 at 7:31 pm }

It is certainly more common these days, to the point that I find myself heading to the bottom almost immediately after reading the first paragraph. No one seems to be bothered by the fact that the final summary is often the total opposite of what was implied in the first paragraph.