A poll came out yesterday that showed only 17% of Americans felt as if they had received a tax cut under the GOP plan. Typical of the time of year, people are looking at their tax returns. For many this amount is smaller, but increasing refunds was never the goal of the policy.
The goal of the policy was letting Americans keep more of their money all year. Employers changed withholding amounts to allow employees to take home more in every check. And most Americans did.
The tax cuts themselves were never appropriately covered. Mostly because they impacted wealthy residents in deep blue states with the cap on SALT deductions. Despite those who were negatively affected, the media and Democrats always positioned the relief as tax cuts for the wealthy.
And apparently, the vapors over lower refunds in the media and the narrative worked. Worked so well, in fact, that Vox writer Matty Yglesias had this to say: (archive here in case it gets deleted)
So according to Matty, narrative manipulation and outright lying to the American public about tax policy is a success. And it wasn’t just “progressive groups”. Major media companies and left-leaning blogs, including Vox, perpetuated this mischaracterization to their readers repeatedly.
A responsible media would have let Americans know what to expect from the new law. That same responsible set of firefighters would have reminded Americans that they received more in their paychecks and paid lower tax rates throughout the year. Maybe even prepared them to expect lower tax returns and explain why.
That would be the case if we had a media that actually tried to inform the public. We don’t. We have activists posing as journalists. And the mask is slipping further every day. All you have to do is look at cable news ratings to see who the winners and losers are.
So “Fake News” is actually becoming more akin to fiction. Repeat a lie often enough and people mistake it for the truth. And now they are not even shy about letting us know.