How USA Today Covered Obamacare v. Trump Tax Reform

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Posted: Dec 22, 2017 2:25 PM
How USA Today Covered Obamacare v. Trump Tax Reform

Former Bush White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer noticed a discrepancy as to how the USA Today covers large pieces of legislation depending on who's in office. In 2009, the editors seemed all too happy to report that President Obama had his landmark achievement in passing the Affordable Care Act.

Fast forward to this week's vote on tax reform, the editors weren't so complimentary. Fleischer juxtasposed the two front pages in a tweet Thursday to emphasize the contrast. It is "bias in action," he claimed.

Other media outlets have taken liberties to editorialize their headlines.

Twitter let the AP know they had plenty of characters left to add the following:

Since that tweet, tax reform has passed both chambers and President Trump signed it into law. It gave the AP a chance to repeat the narrative that corporations will be the biggest beneficiaries.

"Starting next year, the new law will give big cuts to corporation and wealthy Americans and more modest reductions to other families." 

The AP says there's also reason to pause about the child tax credit. That provision, which was expanded from $1,100 to $1,400 after some prodding by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), "may not be as generous as it seems," according to the editors.

"So do poor families stand to benefit?" Sarah Skidmore Sell writes. "Maybe. It depends on their circumstances."

Guy has covered the tax reform legislation extensively, each time noting that 80 percent of Americans stand to benefit from it. Even the left leaning Tax Policy Center admitted as much. Did the AP not get the memo?

Some major businesses have responded to tax reform by giving their employees bonuses and salary increases. Even the AP can't ignore that.