Instead of calling the Inflation Reduction Act by its proper name, Fox “journalist” Mike Emanuel regurgitated GOP talking points and denigrated it as “a tax and spend” bill.
Guest hosting Fox News Sunday today, Emanuel opened the show by saying:
“Senate Democrats make their final push toward handing President Biden a tax-and-spend victory a year and a half in the making.”
It was not a slip. On Twitter yesterday, Emanuel teased the show with almost identical language:
“This week on Fox News Sunday, Senate Democrats aim to hand President Biden a tax-and-spend victory a year and a half in the making.”
Emanuel calls himself a journalist but he was uncritically echoing GOP propaganda here. After the bill passed this afternoon, The New York Times noted, “Congressional Republicans hammered the bill as an exorbitant spending package with damaging tax hikes that would inflict more pain on the nation’s economy at a perilous moment.”
The White House has touted the support of “over 40 major companies” for this tax-and-spend plan.— Ways and Means GOP (@WaysandMeansGOP) August 7, 2022
Yet half of their list are either foreign-based or owned by a foreign multinational competing directly with U.S. businesses. It’s easy see why they'd want higher taxes on Americans.
Rather than a healthcare system that offers Americans breakthrough medicines, this reckless tax and spend bill will force Americans to settle for end-of-life care. That’s wrong. As a physician who practiced medicine for 25+ years, I will not let that happen without a fight.— Dr. Roger Marshall (@RogerMarshallMD) August 7, 2022
You probably get the picture.
You can watch Emanuel open Fox’s flagship Sunday news program with GOP talking points below, from the August 7, 2022 Fox News Sunday.
Now that the Dems have actually passed the Inflation Reduction Act and it will wind up cruising through the House to be signed into law, angry Right Wingers are going to plan B – smear the legislation.
One might even get the idea that the GOP and the Right Wing are not seriously interested in getting anything done for the American people.