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Media Begs: Please Don’t Ask Elizabeth Warren About Middle Class Tax Hikes

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Left-leaning members of the media definitely don’t want anyone asking Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) whether her plan to provide Medicare benefits for all Americans (as well as her plan to forgive student loans, expand social welfare programs, and tackle climate change) might result in a middle class tax hike.

Following her middling debate performance, journalists who (apparently) prefer Warren were concerned that she was being distracted and, ultimately, derailed by questions probing whether her ambitious platform is in any way realistic. The questions are fair; Warren has promised a lot and there’s no guarantee a single tax hike on “Wall Street bankers” will provide the kind of revenue a “Medicare for All” plan would require in perpetuity.

CNN’s debate moderators wanted to know, quite simply, what would happen when Warren ran out of banker money. But that was clearly a bridge too far for Warren’s friends in the media.

Margaret Sullivan of the Washington Post was, seemingly, the first to call out CNN over its obsession with how Warren plans to finance her platform, suggesting in her debate wrap up for the mainstream media publication that questions about a possible middle class tax hike were “doing President Trump’s work for him,” because “it’s legitimate to dig into the costs, but not in a way that creates a nice GOP campaign ad.”

It’s not technically the media’s job to keep a candidate from harming themselves, of course.

The questions, Sullivan adds, “miss[] the larger lens of overall costs.”

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