An unprecedented error by Agencia EFE led this Tuesday to believe that the social-communist government of Pedro Sanchez he considered following the fiscal trail of the PP by “lowering personal income tax and VAT selectively.” A teletype released around 10 am announced that Podemos was seeing “advances in the budget negotiations within the coalition government to selectively lower personal income tax on the lowest incomes.” The same teletype was corrected hours later stating exactly the opposite: that it was “raising income tax for high incomes, not lowering it.” Did you look for the agency that directs the journalist Gabriela Canasformerly of El País, winking at the Government by inventing a social gesture for the most vulnerable?
It all arose from statements by Paul Echeniquespokesperson for United We Can in Congress, who at a press conference stated that there had to be “a tax on large fortunes and some improvements in personal income tax». But with the term “improvement” Echenique did not refer to a decrease but to an increase, as the same agency later rectified hours later: “Unidas Podemos sees progress in the framework of budget negotiations within the coalition government to raise income tax in the upper sections. The text was headed with the following clarification: “Corrects NA2091 since it is about raising personal income tax for high incomes, not lowering it.” At this time, the EFE Agency has not apologized or removed the ticker from its website or its social networks.
A massive mistake by a public agency whose sole shareholder is the State Industrial Participation Company (SEPI), attached to the Ministry of Finance and Public Administration, which has no less than almost 1,200 employees, a budget of 54 million euros and some losses close to 12 million euros in 2021. And that, in addition, it is allowed to have a verification department -EFE Verifica- with which the attribution of verifying other media is taken before verifying itself.