Yesterday, Megan offered some suggestions for reporters for how to cover the McCain campaign’s recent cries of socialism, including: “add a brief note of clarification next to a McCain campaign claim about Obama’s socialism…ideally, in your story’s lede.” The AP, which started down this path yesterday, seems to be getting the hang of it:
John McCain is pouncing on Barack Obama’s call for shifting more wealth from richer Americans to poorer ones, likening it to socialism. His remarks win applause at campaign events. But they ignore the nation’s long tradition of redistributing huge amounts of wealth through tax-and-spending policies.
Placing a heavier burden on the wealthy has been a cornerstone of the federal income tax since its inception in 1913…
Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.