CONCORD, N.H.—In a rare moment of honesty, gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan identified the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative that she helped pass into law as a “tax,” but now her friends at New Hampshire Public Radio have censored the rebroadcast of the debate to remove the word “tax” in an apparent effort to help their favored candidate avoid the subject.
“Censorship is only as good as the effort to conceal it, and NHPR has done an abysmal job covering up the tax record of their now apparent favorite in the governor’s race,” said Andrew Hemingway, chairman of 4RG. “No matter, the liberal radio network’s censorship effort only gives the voters of New Hampshire an even better chance to see right through Maggie’s distortions and the media outlets who help her try to explain how a tax is not a tax.”
Mike Johnson, who writes for “American Thinker,“ posted the recorded debate of September 19, 2012, when Maggie Hassan said the following about RGGI on New Hampshire public television (listen and watch the video starting at 32 minutes):
“I was proud to be a sponsor of that tax, eh, the energy efficiency program because it has saved businesses millions and millions of dollars and created over 400 jobs.”
When the debate was rebroadcast on NHPR, the public station edited the audio-recorded quotation as follows:
“I was proud to be a sponsor of the energy efficiency program because it has saved businesses millions and millions of dollars and created over 400 jobs.”
Clearly, Maggie Hassan correctly identified the RGGI program that she helped pass as a tax, and clearly, NHPR edited out the admission in their rebroadcast, going through a lot of effort to conceal it and help Maggie implement her intended spin. But, the RGGI program is in fact a tax on energy producers and energy users that has made electricity more expensive for New Hampshire businesses and families. Any jobs it has created have come at the expense of many others.
“Why is it so important for Maggie Hassan and NHPR to hide the truth?,” Hemingway said. “What promise has Maggie made to NHPR for the radio network to completely abandon all journalistic principle? Has the gubernatorial hopeful promised NHPR money from New Hampshire taxpayers so they can continue to promote her political propaganda?
“If it’s so important for NHPR to cover up Maggie’s admission about a tax she already created, what are the candidate and her friends in the media doing to cover up the taxing and spending plan she has in store for New Hampshire if she’s elected?,” Hemingway added. “How many more taxes does Maggie plan to raise and then rename to make them sound good? Why can’t Maggie and her media friends just tell voters the truth?”
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