For further evidence that the New York Times isn’t even trying anymore, take this paragraph from a story today about what polling says about Tea Partiers:
“Their fierce animosity toward Washington, and the president in particular, is rooted in deep pessimism about the direction of the country and the conviction that the policies of the Obama administration are disproportionately directed at helping the poor rather than the middle class or the rich.”
Right – people are angry because Obama is helping the poor at the expense of the rich. Pity the poor rich people of America – who will hear their cries?
What neither of the reporters seemed to grasp (and yes, it took two people to write this story) is that conservatives believe the best way to help the poor is to provide them with employment opportunities. When government taxes businesses excessively, they have to shed workers. When government taxes individuals excessively, they have less money to support businesses, who then can’t give low-income people jobs.
But major newspapers will keep covering conservatives as if they’re some kind of alien life form that has just landed and formed their own colony. They do, after all, only make up between a third and a half of our country.