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Newsbusters Mocks Washington Post’s Biased and Ridiculous Palin/Biden Coverage

Posted by iusbvision on September 14, 2008

HERE is our post debunking the Washington Post’s expenses story on Palin, which only took minutes to prove wrong.

HERE is the Newsbusters story. The key excerpt is below. Good job Newsbusters:

60% of Washington Post’s Biden Tax Story Devoted to Palin

By Brent Baker Created 2008-09-14 06:04

Democratic VP nominee Joe Biden’s Friday release of his tax returns embarrassingly revealed, according to a Bloomberg item in Saturday’s Boston Globe, that Biden and his wife have, over the past ten years, donated a piddling “two-tenths of 1 percent” of their income to charities, but Saturday’s Washington Post article didn’t mention that and instead allocated six of ten paragraphs to how “progressive groups…want to determine whether [Sarah] Palin skirted tax obligations.” (In the middle of a paragraph deep into its story, Saturday’s New York Times reported the mere “$995 in gifts to charities” by the Bidens in 2007, but made no further note of it.)  
In the Post article, “Biden Releases His Tax Returns[1],” reporters Lyndsey Layton and Matthew Mosk pointed out how Biden is the “poorest” U.S. Senator, and then pivoted to Palin:

The disclosure came as Democrats tried to put increasing pressure on the Republican vice presidential nominee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, to release her returns. Progressive groups said they want to determine whether Palin skirted tax obligations on about $17,000 in per diem payments she received as part of an arrangement that paid her extra for the nights she stayed in her home in Wasilla instead of the governor’s mansion in Juneau, 600 miles away…. 

The tenth and last paragraph of the Post story, one I counted as one of the four of the ten about Biden, related Biden back to Palin:

Biden also prefers to sleep in his own bed at night. When the Senate is in session, Biden famously commutes by train between Washington and Delaware. But members of Congress do not receive a per diem. 

The Post gave those “progressive groups” their hook with a very overplayed Tuesday, September 9 front page article, “Palin Billed State for Nights Spent at Home: Taxpayers Also Funded Family’s Travel [2].” In a Saturday Post “Free for All[3]” section letter (not online), Matthew Raehl of Manassas, Virginia properly mocked the story:

I’d like to propose some alternatives to your sensationalistic headline, “Palin Billed State for Nights Spent at Home”: “Palin Saves Alaska Tens of Thousands”

“Palin Flies Coach”

“Palin Claimed Less Per Diem than Allowed”

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