Fox News is drawing a great deal of blowback for a misleading headline about Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) not paying property taxes. On Sunday, Fox published an online piece entitled “Democrat Tammy Duckworth hasn’t paid property tax on her Illinois home since 2015, report says.”
Fox’s headline blatantly suggests that Duckworth is freeloading off of her state. Between that and the article’s admission that Duckworth is a disabled veteran who qualifies for the exemption, many news observers were deeply unimpressed by the article’s apparent framing as a hit piece.
WHAT A BULLSHIT HEADLINE @FoxNews. In your own report, you state the reason why. As a disabled veteran, she is exempt. FOX News, are you seriously now going to attack our veterans in your assault on our Democracy? https://t.co/hZQbYaMZnD
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) October 3, 2021
Tammy Duckworth is a double-amputee combat veteran.
Cook County gives veterans with disabilities a property-tax break. https://t.co/75khjmKV7L
— Ben Kesling (@bkesling) October 3, 2021
Headline: SENATOR IS TAX DEADBEAT
Article: Sen. Duckworth is one of thousands taking advantage of an Illinois provision lessening tax burdens for veterans.
(Do better, Fox News!) https://t.co/wtSH5QQ0i6
— Ben Rudolph (@BenThePCGuy) October 3, 2021
Fox News is now attacking disabled veterans for having benefits for disabled veterans that were approved by lawmakers https://t.co/tWrMDF2cGP
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) October 3, 2021
In Illinois, a veteran with a 70% or more disability rating is exempt from property taxes on their primary home. Duckworth is a double amputee. pic.twitter.com/39VJmeJgD6
— Steve Beynon (@StevenBeynon) October 3, 2021