The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Friday, April 15, 2005
The 'death tax' needs knowledgable reporters
The average political journo knows nothing worth knowing about almost everything. His stock-in-trade is gossip, who's up/who's down, the usual bollocks.
Troublingly, the pols he's gossipping about take decisions and make laws that give rise to technical considerations - none of which he is capable of comprehending. The typical he said, she said mode of coverage serves an additional purpose in such cases: to mask the journo's ignorance of the subject-matter.
CJR Daily supplies an example: the repeal of the estate tax, extended by the Paris Hilton Act (HR 8), brings unpleasant - unforeseen? - consequences for many more estates than benefit from the repeal.
The piece explains, and links to an article by a specialist that explains in greater depth.
It looks like a dreadful piece of lawmaking: but you need to get into some technical detail in order to make the point clear.
The get-out is to say, The reader won't understand. My guess - the understanding problem is with the journalist - and, let's never forget them - his editors.
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