Accuracy in Media

The mainstream media has tunnel vision when it comes to Republicans and their legislation, primarily, they see it as anti-liberal or anti-Democratic messaging. CNN and the Washington Post published articles on comments by Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), who told The Economist that he does not believe last year’s tax cuts benefited American workers.

Rubio said:

“There is still a lot of thinking on the right that if big corporations are happy, they’re going to take the money they’re saving and reinvest it in American workers…

“In fact they bought back shares, a few gave out bonuses; there’s no evidence whatsoever that the money’s been massively poured back into the American worker.”

Neither outlet rebutted Rubio’s claim, which was false due to the fact that over 400 companies have announced tax-cuts-related bonuses, enhanced health care coverage and retirement plans and minimum or hourly-wage raises.

Instead, CNN and the Post focused on how the Democratic Party rejoiced at the news and how Republicans were unhappy with Rubio’s claim.

Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, a pro-free market organization that is a part of the Koch affiliate organizations, has a running list of these tax cut announcements.

Americans for Prosperity, a grassroots organization also affiliated with the Koch network, published the following statement by their chief government affairs officer Brent Gardner:

“It’s disappointing to see Marco Rubio echo some of the false rhetoric of tax reform opponents, and we hope he clarifies his remarks…”

“There’s no doubt that the full potential of tax reform will be realized over the long-term, but there’s also no denying the positive impact it’s already having on American workers, businesses and families across the country.”

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