The Rising of the Moon

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Friday, December 10, 2004


Once again CBS News has missed the angle of an important story. Instead they let themselves, and the viewing public be duped by the RadCons. Instead of interviewing a real "man on the street," as a non-partisan representative of younger workers, they interviewed a poser, Tad DeHaven, a RadCon spokesman and analyist from the conservative National Taxpayers Union and The Heritage Foundation. Instead of presenting the opinion of a truely disinterested party, the conservative DeHaven mouthed the clear and concise opinion of the radical right.

This story from The Washington Monthly's Political Animal:

MAN ON THE STREET?....NOT QUITE....CBS just can't seem to get anything right these days. Tonight they ran a segment on the evening news called "Social Security Changes" that featured an interview with a young man who could be "the poster child for Social Security reform." And indeed he could: 28 years old, 6 years of employment, planning to retire in 2042, and about to get married. "I don't expect to get anything from Social Security," said Tad DeHaven. "I don't consider it in terms of my long term planning. It's not going to be there." Needless to say, young Tad is all for private accounts.

Unfortunately, there's one crucial thing the segment doesn't mention: who Tad DeHaven is. A brief supertitle IDs him as a "National Taxpayers Union Employee," but that's it. Just an ordinary white collar working stiff like you and me, apparently.



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