Tuesday, February 24, 2009
A "News" Story that Isn't Anything At All
The biggest non-issue of the day is this story ("Questions raised about Rahm Emanuel's housing arrangement in D.C.") about some Republicans who are spending their time blogging about whether Rahm Emanuel should be paying taxes for living, rent-free, in the basement of a home owned by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn) and her husband, with whom Rahm has worked. When you get to the end of the article, it becomes clear that there is no real "debate" about whether he owes taxes - he doesn't. Reporting on those Republicans who say he does is not giving a "neutral" or "objective" account, it is clearly stirring up charges against Emanuel that are clearly false, and the article should make that clear up front.