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ap: Comparing AP Coverage of Candidates Economic Plans


UPDATED... A Liberal Assisted me in getting MORE Dirt on the AP:


Paragraph 2...

"With the economic turmoil weighing down his Republican presidential rival, Obama also proposed allowing people to withdraw up to $10,000 from their retirement accounts without any penalty this year and next."

It's too Bad the AP wasn't Headlining this Version when I Took those Stories... It would've only Assisted my Overall Point that much MORE... Thanks for the Link, Jimmy... You just Helped Mean Old Mal Hammer the "Free Press" a little more...


Paragraph Six...

"His call for action comes just two days before the final debate of the presidential race and at a time when McCain is sending mixed signals about how he'll address the economy."

Classic Stuff, Jimmy!... Did you even Read this Story?...


More from the Extended AP Story:

"Obama's plan calls for raising taxes only on the 5 percent of people who make more than $250,000 a year. The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center found that under Obama's approach the wealthiest 1 percent of taxpayers would see their taxes go up on average by $93,709 in 2009, For McCain, those same wealthy taxpayers would see an average reduction of $48,860."

Top Story @ the Urban Institute:

Gas Prices Pinch Working Poor Hardest

The latest presidential debate confirms that tight family budgets remain a top concern for Americans. An Urban Institute analysis reveals that steep fuel costs are especially burdensome for the working poor. Despite having shorter average drives to work, commuters who live in poverty spend a greater share of their income commuting than their high-income counterparts do.


And then the other Half of "The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center", as the AP calls them:

Quality. Independence. Impact.

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals:

Strengthen American democracy;

Foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans and

Secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system.



"American Democracy"?... We have a Democratically Elected Representative REPUBLIC...

Keywords/Phrases in that Organization's Goals:

1.) Economic Welfare

2.) Social Welfare

3.) Oppurtunity

4.) Secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system.

10.13.2008: Obama offers new proposals to help economy


Associated Press Writer Oct 13, 12:40 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) � Democrat Barack Obama is calling for a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures and a two-year tax break for businesses that create jobs as part of a plan to heal the nation's ailing economy.


(ap) - "Obama Offers New"... "to Help Economy"... That's an Interesting Choice of Words to Report on one Candidates "Plan", as the AP Refers to McMaverick's the next day.  Great Title, AP.  Let's get into the Opening Paragraph... "A Plan to Heal the Nation's Ailing Economy"...  Did Barry's Campaign Pay for this Coverage, AP?... - tha malcontent)

The presidential candidate says banks that participate in the federal bailout should temporarily postpone foreclosures for families making good-faith efforts to pay their mortgage.

He also called for a $3,000 tax credit for each additional full-time job a business creates. The tax break would end after 2010.

Obama also is proposing letting people withdraw up to $10,000 from their retirement accounts without any penalty this year and next.

The Obama campaign emphasizes that these ideas can be done quickly, either through executive order or legislation.


(Classic... To the Point, Clear and "Clean"... And not ONE Reference to his Opponent or ANYTHING Negative.  Interesting... I Wonder how the the AP Handled McMaverick's "Proposal"?... Let's read further and find out!  - tha malcontent)


10.14.2008: McCain proposes $52.5 billion economic plan
Plan targets 'those most badly hurt': workers, homeowners, savers, seniors

Associated Press Writer Oct 14, 10:00 AM EDT

BLUE BELL, Pa.  (AP) � Republican John McCain says he would order the Treasury Department to guarantee 100 percent of all savings for the next six months as president.


(ap) - Well, from the Title to the First Paragraph we see that Barry would "Offer", and McMaverick would "Order"... And of course there is no Flowery Qualifications for McMaverick's "Proposal" like "Obama Offers New"... "to Help Economy"... "A Plan to Heal the Nation's Ailing Economy"... Like we got by the First Paragraph in Barry's AP Endorsement, uh, I Meant "News Story"! - tha malcontent)

That provision is part of a $52.5 billion plan the presidential candidate laid out to address the nation's deepening financial crisis.


("To Address"... "To Help"... Interesting. - tha malcontent)

McCain told a suburban Philadelphia audience that "the moment requires that government act. And as president I intend to act, quickly and decisively."

McCain also says he would eliminate taxes on unemployment benefits and reduce taxes on capital gains, individual retirement accounts and 401(k)s.

McCain said President Bush's $250 billion plan to buy shares in the nation's leading banks should be short-term and last only until the institutions are reformed.


(A Reference to the Bush Administration... Quality Work, AP.  What's next, a Counter by Barry?... - tha malcontent)

The Republican presidential candidate's proposals come as polls showed voters turning to Democrat Barack Obama for leadership in the financial turmoil.


(BAM!... BAM!... Makes his Entrance!  Now I Wonder why McMaverick wasn't Mentioned in Barry's AP Endorsement, uh... I Meant "News Story".  "Polls Showed Voters Turning to DemocRAT Barry Hussien Obama for Leadership!"... Did you need some More Chapstick, AP?... - tha malcontent)

Looking toward Wednesday's third and final presidential debate, Obama produced his own new plan on Monday, calling, among other ideas, for a 90-day moratorium on home mortgage foreclosures and tax breaks to businesses that create new jobs.


("Obama Produced his Own NEW Plan..."  Again, did the AP Mention McMaverick in Barry's Story?... NOPE! - tha malcontent)

U.S. voters go to the polls in three weeks amid the worst economic uncertainty to grip the country in decades. Retirement savings are at risk in the gyrating stock market, the values of homes � the foundation of middle class economic security � are sinking, tens of thousands of homeowners face foreclosure and unemployment has been moving relentlessly upward.


(Recap how Crappy it is, and then Point to McMaverick... Then cut back to the "Change we Need"...  Wanna bet?... Let's Read and see, shall we? - tha malcontent)

Admitting to difficulties


(The AP has NO Shame... - tha malcontent)

McCain's candidacy has slumped under the weight of growing voter anxiety about the country's economic future, in part because of his inescapable links with unpopular fellow Republican President George W. Bush.


("Inescapable Links with Unpopular FELLOW REPUBLICan President, George W. Bush"... Well, thanks to the AP and it's Children in the "Free Press" Constantly Linking them, as the AP just did AGAIN, it is Difficult for McMaverick to Escape it. - tha malcontent)

New polling, meanwhile, held more discouraging news for McCain.


("More Discouraging News for McMaverick"... That's Funny, the Polls Shifted TOWARDS McMaverick yesterday, AP?... Why would you Insinuate otherwise? - tha malcontent)

McCain acknowledged his difficulties on Monday but vowed a comeback. He is starting that drive Tuesday with what his campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds said is a plan to help "those most badly hurt: workers, homeowners, savers and seniors."

Obama was taking Tuesday off to prepare for coming debate. His running mate, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, was meeting voters in the key battleground state of Ohio.


(The Final Word in that Section, Barry is Preparing... - tha malcontent)

Changing strategy

McCain and his No. 2, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, were in Pennsylvania, one of the few Democratic-leaning states where the Republican is still aggressively campaigning although polls show Obama with a solid lead.


("His No. 2"?... Has Biden EVER been called Barry's "No. 2"?...  Reminds me of my Dad Asking me when I was a Child, "Do you have to go "Number 1, or Number 2"?...  And of course, "Polls show Obama with a SOLID LEAD"!... - tha malcontent)

Under criticism from fellow Republicans, McCain reset his campaign strategy yet again with a new stump speech Monday that eased back on harsh attacks against Obama while at the same time delivering some of his toughest criticism so far of Bush's economic policies.


(Not even his Own Party is with him... The AP has NO Shame. - tha malcontent)

"We cannot spend the next four years as we have spent much of the last eight: waiting for our luck to change. The hour is late; our troubles are getting worse; our enemies watch. We have to act immediately. We have to change direction now. We have to fight," he said at a rally in Virginia, a normally reliably Republican state that he has been forced to defend this year.


(McMaverick is Losing Dependable States... With the Assistance of the AP and it's Obsessively Negative Reporting. - tha malcontent)

Virginia hasn't voted for a Democratic president since 1964. McCain held a second rally Monday in North Carolina, which hasn't voted for a Democratic White House candidate since 1976.


(And when it doesn't this Year, it will be White Racism that is at Fault, and the Blame will be on McMaverick and MILF for Fanning the Flames of Racism to Win the White House. - tha malcontent)

In an interview with CNN, McCain was asked about his campaign's recent tactic of attacking Obama for his association with William Ayers, a founder of the radical Vietnam War-era Weather Underground, which was responsible for bomb attacks on federal buildings.

Obama has denounced Ayers' radical past and actions, which occurred when Obama was 8 years old. The two men subsequently served together on the board of a Chicago education foundation and live in the same neighborhood. Ayers hosted a small get-acquainted coffee for Obama when he first ran for public office in Illinois.


("HE WAS ONLY 8 YEARS OLD WHEN BILL AYERS DID THOSE THINGS!... He Denounced them, by the way, if you didn't get it the last 50 Times the AP has Reminded it's Readers while Ignoring Bill Ayers Pride in that Terrorism as he Worked with Obama. - tha malcontent)

"The fact is that Senator Obama was not truthful in telling the American people about his relationship. Very frankly, Dana, I don't give a damn about an old unrepentant terrorist, but what I do care is telling the truth to the American people," the Arizona senator said in response to a question from CNN correspondent Dana Bash.

His fortunes battered by the U.S. financial crisis, McCain initially sought to distract attention from his perceived weakness on the economy by attacking Obama. Running mate Palin accused the Democrat of "palling around with terrorists."


(Read Closely... THE DEMOCRATS HAVE HAD THE PURSE STRINGS AND THE CONGRESS FOR 2 YEARS!... It's a Fact!... 2 Years ago the Country was NOT Suffering this Economic Crisis, it did not have a Crashing Stock Market and Housing Market, and Unemployment was 4.5%!...  What have the DeomcRATS done with their 2/3 Control of Government for 2 years?... And why doesn't the AP put some RESPONSIBILITY on the other Senator for once?... Does Barry NOT have ANY Responsibility as a US Senator?... - tha malcontent)

The latest shift in the campaign appears to have grown out of the realization that the assaults were not hindering Obama's rise in the polls. The changed tone was stark.


(Maybe if the AP had Reported on Ayers and others as Incessantly as they did "Troopergate", that wouldn't have been the Conclusion. - tha malcontent)

"The national media has written us off," McCain said. "But they forgot to let you decide."

"What America needs in this hour is a fighter," he said, adding that he knows Americans are worried about the direction of the country.

"I know what hopelessness feels like. It's an enemy who defeats your will. I felt those things once before. I will never let them in again," McCain said, a clear reference to his 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. "I'm an American. And I choose to fight."


(Hey!... Obama's White Grandpa was in WWII!... It's True! - tha malcontent)

Pending the rollout of fresh proposals on Tuesday, the veteran Arizona senator renewed pledges to cut taxes, freeze federal spending, renegotiate distressed mortgages to help middle-class homeowners. He also vowed to bring more experienced leadership to the White House, because "the next president won't have time to get used to the office."

In his final campaign appearance before the debate, Obama told voters in Toledo, Ohio, a struggling working-class city in a state that could be critical to Obama's presidential hopes, that his new proposals could be enacted quickly, either through the government's regulatory powers or legislation that Congress could pass in a special session after the election. He put the cost at $60 billion over two years.


(Classic!... The Final Word of a McMaverick Story goes to?... OBAMA!  And of course, it's "Obama's Presidential Hopes" that the AP is Concerned with.  I have seen some Cheerleading for the DemocRATS in a Presidential Year in my Day, but this Year is a New Low for the AP... If they had any Shame. - tha malcontent)


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