Jerry Brown's Office Mad at Fox News Over "Fiction" Budget Story

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Gil Duran before his Fox News crusade
California Gov. Jerry Brown has asked Fox News to do what some might believe to be seemingly impossible for the conservative news outlet: Quit spewing untruths.

The governor's press secretary fired off a slew of e-mails to Fox News claiming reporters over there had stretched the truth again -- in this case by billions of dollars. Fox reported last week that the state was staring at a $28 billion budget deficit when in fact it is projected to hit $1.9 billion next fiscal year.

So a frustrated Gil Duran penned the following e-mail to Fox, which was later reported on Jim Romenesko's media blog:

via Romenesko

When he got no response, and the incorrect figures remained on Fox's site, Duran followed up with a more bitter e-mail:

via Romenesko

That, too, went unanswered, which has not sat well with the Governor's Office. Duran told Romenesko:

via Romenesko

But even better than reading Duran ripping Fox News a new one are the comments from readers, some of whom are journalists that aren't so happy with Duran themselves.

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Starchild
Starchild

Perhaps in referring to California having a $28 billion deficit, Fox News was talking about the state government's unfunded pension liabilities. Technically this should be described as a *projected* deficit to avoid implying it is a current deficit, but isn't that also technically true for the $1.9 billion deficit to which Gil Duran refers? Administrations tend to use overly optimistic projections, and I wouldn't be surprised if, when the time comes to pass, the actual numbers are higher.

adam_zander
adam_zander

@BrassNucklez @FoxNews **We need to Criminalize "FOX NEWS" in America as it is in CANADA,they dont allow that SHIT!!!!**

AtlasShrugged
AtlasShrugged

It's ironic that the same administration that so blatantly lied about the extent of its tax proposal would take issue with an organization reporting on it. 

Brown repeatedly said that millionaires only would see a 3% increase in their tax rate.  What he should have said was that the tax rate would increase 3 points, a full +30% tax increase.  Of course, why expect the governor to accurately depict the size of the tax increase when he continued to confuse those making $250K with those making $1MM.  

What's more alarming is the fact that a private company making the same claims would be the poster child for private enterprise greed pursued to death by the liberals in Sacramento.  Is it any wonder why the rest of the country looks at California and laughs.  

BillStewart2012
BillStewart2012

I don't watch Fox News (ewww...), but Jerry Brown's "you're all going to hate this budget" budgets still haven't been willing to get real about either tax revenues or expenditures.  If the economy gets better fast, there's some chance of getting toward balance, but if it doesn't, there will still be major shortfalls and higher costs.   They're better than what most of the Democrats would like (and since most of the Republicans pretend that their pork barrel spending doesn't require taxes to pay for it, their opinions don't count), but we're not only going to hate it, we're going to hate it a lot.


Back in the Gray Davis years, the legislature looked at the inrush of tax money from the dotcom boom, predicted it would keep growing even though the boom was already going bust, and locked in that spending, mostly in pension plans.  Governator Arnold said he'd fix it, but mostly swept the problems under the rug, since he couldn't get the two parties to cooperate.  Maybe Jerry will do better.

BrassNucklez
BrassNucklez

@adam_zander Sadly, @FoxNews is shown in Canada; at least I saw it in Vancouver. But it's also known that Canadians laugh at #FOXnews.

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