Markos Moulitsas (“Kos”) posted a diary today entitled “Barack Obama’s marketing fail.” It points out how some of the mainstream media are twisting the results of the recent Deficit Commission announcement to pin the blame on the president for proposed cuts to social programs.
New Jersey Democrats are also failing at the marketing of their message to the mainstream media. Case in point: today’s Philadelphia Inquirer article on how Pennsylvania governor-elect Tom Corbett hopes to emulate Chris Christie.
The Inquirer is one of the more politically balanced newspapers around. Its editorial page is slightly left-of-center, but it has carried far right columnists like Rick Santorum.
In its reporting on what our governor has done with the budget deficit, the Inquirer states:
Because Christie plugged that budget hole without raising taxes, he raised enough eyes round the country to catapult him from Jersey pol to national figure. (emphasis mine)
In discussions with several of my friends, it is clear that this is the common wisdom – Christie has cut taxes. Democrats have to do better in debunking this falsehood. According to the Home News Tribune, when you take into account the deferral of the homestead rebate, this year’s property tax bill will average out to a 23.5 percent increase. And of course, other taxes and fees such as the NJ Transit fare increase are rising faster than inflation.
It’s ironic that Barack Obama, who lowered taxes on the middle class, is getting a bum rap from the mainstream media, while Chris Christie, who tells seemingly credible lies, is getting the royal treatment.