This one is really cute, on several levels.
First of all, the Heritage Foundation dug up that President Obama actually SIGNED AN EXTENSION OF THE PRIVATE JET TAX BREAK he criticized about 74 times in the press conference Wednesday. The extension of the existing tax benefit was part of the Obama stimulus.
Which of course means that at one point, Obama thought tax break would help the economy, perhaps because it will be good for the private jet manufacturing industry, which consists of non-fatcat honest workers, some of whom will be screwed and probably unemployed once the benefit is revoked.
Well, it turns out, Heritage got it a little wrong, initially saying that Obama actually created the tax break instead of that he endorsed it as a stimulative measure by extending it.
This gave the Heritage’s opponents an opening to try to discredit the whole piece.
Blogger Matthew Iglesias charged that “We may be in for a dozen rounds of this kind of myth-making.” Iglesias himself is obviously not worried about his own myth-making, since he irresponsibly assumes without evidence that Heritage was lying and not merely mistaken.
Media Matters then swung into action with an article titled “Heritage Lies About Origin Of Tax Breaks For Jets.” The headline itself contains its own inaccuracy, since there’s no way to tell that Heritage was lying and not making an error.
And then into the fun jumped White House Communication Director Dan Pfeiffer, who Tweeted to the world a link to the Media Matters piece
pfeiffer44 Dan Pfeiffer
This post corrects @Heritage ‘s claim that the Dems created the private jet loophole that the GOP refuses to close goo.gl/209QW
As Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin once said, and it makes me wonder.
Pfeiffer’s charge, you’ll notice, is restrained, saying Media Matters “corrects” a “claim” by Heritage. The other two are malicious and possibly inaccurate.
We know that a White House aide, Jesse Lee, was recently put in charge of both rapid response and outreach to progressive bloggers.
So does this mean the White House is going to enlist the left wing media to do its dirty work, spitting out the kind of attack and smear stuff that wouldn’t look too presidential, but which goes on in the blogosphere all day long? Is that what happened here?
Sorry if I stuck Stairway to Heaven in your head, I know you’ve heard it too often.