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NYT on 'Who Benefits?'
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The New York Times has a news article today under the headline "Who Benefits From The Tax Package." The first sentence is "A look at who benefits from the proposed tax code revisions in New York State." It's rather a one-sided way of looking at the issue to focus exclusively on the beneficiaries rather than on the losers in the deal. The Times claims that those who benefit include "lawmakers," "Democrats, labor unions, and Occupy Wall Street protesters," "flood-stricken upstate areas," "urban areas," and "New York City's suburbs." In other words, pretty much the whole state. Notice also that the Times is now dialing back its language: "tax package" and "tax code revisions" rather than the more accurate language it had been using of "Deal To Increase Rate" or "Raise Rate."

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Analysis Free
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The editor Seth Lipsky used to mock articles labeled "news analysis" by suggesting that the rest of the articles in the newspaper be labeled "analysis-free." Consider the following passage from a New York Times "news analysis" of the challenges facing New York's mayor-elect, Bill de Blasio:

In one possible situation, the governor could find money for Mr. de Blasio's prekindergarten classes, but avoid enacting new taxes — depriving the mayor-elect of the potent political dividends that come with making the wealthy pay more.

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N.Y. Campaign Finance
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A front-page news article in today's Times reports on a decision by three judges on the Second Circuit to allow unlimited contributions to independent groups involved in the New York mayoral race. Five people are quoted, in paragraphs totaling 312 words, denouncing the decision, while two people are quoted, in paragraphs totaling 180 words, supporting the decision. It's pretty clear the Times is siding with the speech restrictions, and against the three judges on the Second Circuit, just by who is quoted in the story and how much space they are given.

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Palm Oil Doughnuts
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A Times news article reports on a successful campaign by the New York State Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli, to convince Dunkin' Donuts to remove "environmentally destructive" palm oil from its doughnut recipe. The Times article reports that palm oil's production has "in some places" led "to the destruction of rainforests and increased greenhouse gas emissions."

The article further reports that Dunkin' Donuts began using the palm oil "in 2007 when it moved to rid its menu of trans fats."

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NYT on 'Who Benefits?'
futureofcapitalism.com

The New York Times has a news article today under the headline "Who Benefits From The Tax Package." The first sentence is "A look at who benefits from the proposed tax code revisions in New York State." It's rather a one-sided way of looking at the issue to focus exclusively on the beneficiaries rather than on the losers in the deal. The Times claims that those who benefit include "lawmakers," "Democrats, labor unions, and Occupy Wall Street protesters," "flood-stricken upstate areas," "urban areas," and "New York City's suburbs." In other words, pretty much the whole state. Notice also that the Times is now dialing back its language: "tax package" and "tax code revisions" rather than the more accurate language it had been using of "Deal To Increase Rate" or "Raise Rate."

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