Friday, August 15, 2008

NYT in need of Dr. Hines

The NYT makes a truly astounding error in reporting on this week's GAO study on corporate taxes.

Being a generalist, which is what most journalists of necessity must be, is a rough road, and people who know how the tax system works, like my colleague Jim Hines who, based on his seminar remarks, seems to have memorized the entirety of the US tax code, cost a lot to hire. And so the NYT suffers with embarrassing corrects.

On the other hand, Michigan suffers with Carl Levin, one of the two senators who requested the GAO study, causing the government to spend a lot of money - GAO researchers are not cheap and have better things they could be doing - in order to allow him a couple of misleading sound bites on the evening news.

Hat tip: Scott Wood