Media Challenge

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Emotion or Information?

First watch this media clip aired December 22, 2011.  (Give the video a minute to appear at the top of the page)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/house-republicans-cave-payroll-tax-cuts-extension-obama/story?id=15212988#.TvROakrXHJw

Which do you feel more – Informed or Emotional

Try to recall the informational content of the clip.  What do Democrats really want on this subject, and what exactly do Republicans want?   Why do they want what they want?

Now go a step further.  Read the information from the written report below that was not included in the televised report.

“But (Republican) John Boehner was visibly unhappy with the deal.  “Kicking a can down the road for a couple of months does cause problems,” he said at a news conference today.

House Republicans had originally wanted a one-year extension but faced mounting pressure from conservatives and their Senate counterparts to come to an agreement on the short-term deal.  “Sometimes it’s politically difficult to do the right thing,” Boehner said.

The deal entails a new bill with language protecting small businesses from a measure in the Senate bill that creates temporary new caps on the wages that are subject to payroll tax relief, a Republican aide said.  Reid accepted the House Republicans’ proposal late this afternoon.”

Then go another step beyond that.  Read a report on the subject from an entirely different news media resource.

“The GOP leaders have somehow managed the remarkable feat of being blamed for opposing a one-year extension of a tax holiday that they are surely going to pass.

Republicans have also achieved the small miracle of letting Mr. Obama position himself as an election-year tax cutter, although he’s spent most of his Presidency promoting tax increases and he would hit the economy with one of the largest tax increases ever in 2013.  This should be impossible.

House Republicans yesterday voted down the Senate’s two-month extension of the two-percentage-point payroll tax holiday to 4.2% from 6.2%. They say the short extension makes no economic sense, but then neither does a one-year extension.  No employer is going to hire a worker based on such a small and temporary decrease in employment costs, as this year’s tax holiday has demonstrated.

Their first mistake was adopting the President’s language that he is proposing a tax cut rather than calling it a temporary tax holiday. People will understand the difference—and discount the benefit.”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204791104577110573867064702.html

Be a wise political media consumer and think beyond.