The media do a great job of not covering what they don’t want to cover. And even when they make the effort — as with the endless replays of Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” tape — they avoid the substance. At all costs, reporters and analysts danced around the fundamental question: Should we be bothered by the fact that nearly half of American taxpayers pay no income taxes at all? Is it a problem that a roughly equal number receive direct benefits from the federal government?
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