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Tuesday, December 28, 2021
CNS Abuses 'So-Called' To Deny The Names Of Democratic Bills

One anti-liberal trick has engaged in lately is to dismissed Democratic initiatives as "so-called" -- even when the name it is being called is the actual name.

Craig Bannister did this in a Sept. 22 article during yet another attempt to mainstream an extremist Republican congresswoman:

God will stop protecting America through His grace if the U.S. becomes a nation where federal law makes it legal to abort an unborn child at any point during pregnancy, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) warned on Tuesday.

In remarks on the House floor, the congresswoman implored her colleagues to vote against the so-called “Women’s Health Protection Act (H.R. 3755) when it comes up for a vote this week.

In fact, the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021 is the actual name of the bill.

Stan Greer of the National Institute for Labor Relations Research tried that trick on another bill in an Oct. 15 column, stating that "There is no doubt that teacher union bosses scored a $200 billion victory over taxpayers with the adoption of the so-called 'American Rescue Plan' in March." The American Rescue Plan is, in fact, the actual name of the plan and the legislation it was passed through.

Right-wing Catholic priest Michael P. Orsi referred to the "so-called 'infrastructure' bill" in his Oct. 27 column. The name of the bill is the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, so "infrastructure bill" is what it's actually called.

The biggest abuser, though, has been Susan Jones, who has repeatedly dismissed the Build Back Better plan as "so-called":

  • As for the so-called Build Back Better/reconciliation package, Manchin said he agrees with some of what's in it.  -- Nov. 4
  • Sanders spoke shortly after Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, told "Fox News Sunday" that he is a "no" on the so-called "Build Back Better Act (BBB)," which is many Democrat bills in one. -- Dec. 20
  • Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said on Sunday that his fellow Democrats are well aware of the "difficulties" he's had with the so-called "Build Back Better Act." -- Dec. 20

Jones also uncritically quoted Republicans referring to "the so-called Build Back Better"-- Kevin McCarthy on Nov. 19, Virginia Foxx, also on Nov. 19 and Rob Portman on Dec. 15.

In fact, Build Back Better is the name of both the framework the Biden White House is using and the bill in Congress.

Denying basic facts is not the way CNS builds journalistic credibility.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:38 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, December 28, 2021 1:26 PM EST

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