Libertarian: What About the Times’ Misinfo?
The left is enraged by the supposed deluge of “misinformation” on Facebook — but, asks Reason’s Robby Soave, “how many of them are worried about the COVID misinformation being spread by The New York Times?” The paper just did a massive correction to a story on “other countries’ approaches to vaccinating young people,” which “wrongly claimed that nearly one million US children — 900,000 to be precise — had been hospitalized with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.” The true figure: 63,000. The Times also admits “the reporter ‘described incorrectly the actions taken by regulators in Sweden and Denmark’ and misstated the timing of a crucial Food and Drug Administration meeting.” The piece’s author, Apoorva Mandavilli, has a long record of alarmist, factually challenged reporting on COVID and has called the lab-leak theory “racist.” Yet “Congress is not likely to call Mandavilli before a hearing to answer questions about the threat posed by the Times misleading its readers.”
Economy watch: Child Tax Credit’s Hidden Costs
Extending the child tax credit via the $3.5 trillion spending plan would “worsen” the “hidden — but very real — cost for millions” whose refunds would be delayed as the IRS became “America’s number one welfare agency,” warns Matt Weidinger at The Hill. It’s already sending out monthly child-tax-credit checks to 39 million households, while 8.5 million tax returns, averaging $2,827 each, hadn’t been processed by September. “The IRS’s top priorities must be collecting the right amount of taxes and refunding those that are overpaid.” Refunds can have “a big impact on the financial well-being of families and struggling small businesses.” And it’s their money — “they deserve to get it back promptly.”
From the right: Dem Despair on Joe’s Leadership
Democrats are realizing “Joe Biden is a lousy leader,” snarks National Review’s Jim Geraghty. FiveThirtyEight asks, ‘Why Has Biden’s Approval Rating Gotten So Low So Quickly?’ ” Well, Biden “promised to cut prescription-drug prices by 60 percent, put Social Security on a path to solvency, make public colleges and universities tuition-free for families who earn less than $125,000 a year, and to create 4.4 million jobs by September 2021” but has no idea how to do any of it. He just throws money in hopes a problem “will get solved.” And “the guy who pledged to ‘shut down the virus’ hasn’t shut it down, ten months into his presidency.” Seriously, “what is Biden good at?”
Reality check: Two Years’ Contrast at the Border
President Biden “refuses to admit that he, and only he, is to blame for” the “crisis gripping the southern border,” but one chart proves it, explains the Issues & Insights editorial board. The chart shows Biden’s first year vs. President Donald Trump’s, and the impact of what each said “when they were running for president, and the policies they implemented once they took office.” Biden “promised illegals free health care . . . to end deportations during his first 100 days . . . that illegals arrested by local police would not be turned over to immigration officials” and “amnesty for illegals who make it across the border.” Trump in 2016 spoke of “building a border wall” while “talking about mass deportation.” The results show “words matter.”
Conservative: We Can’t Question Joe’s Health?
In 2018, Harry Shukman notes at Spectator World, Joe Biden “told voters it was ‘totally appropriate’ to wonder if he was ‘too old’ for the presidency.” Yet now the likes of CNN’s Chris Cillizza sniff that such talk is “ ‘gross, lowest-common-denominator politics’ and should cease ‘immediately’ ” — though he questioned the last president’s health in 2020. And Biden, now 79, won his first race at 30 by questioning the fitness of Sen. Cale Boggs, then 63.
— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board