Brad DeLong Gets Very Shrill
Brad has done a number of posts about how bad the Washington Post "economics" writers are (particularly Jonathan Weisman) as he asks, Why can't we get a better press corps? Today, the WaPo has pushed him into outright yelling.
Bush and Reid are singing off of the same sheet. THERE ARE NO IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES IN THE NUMBERS. THE NUMBERS COME FROM VERY SIMILAR ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL ASSUMPTIONS. REID'S IS "POLITICALLY MOTIVATED" AND "TWISTED" ONLY TO THE EXTENT THAT COUNTING COSTS OVER 20 YEARS RATHER THAN 10 IS "TWISTING."
I can't stand this. I really cannot stand this.
VandeHei and Weisman are doing their darnest to make sure they can put out a "he says, she says" piece so they can look "fair and balanced". But as Brad shows, the piece itself is a lie, because there is no discrepancy in the numbers, just the period the numbers run. So, of course, the WaPo reading public get to be bamboozled into thinking the Democrats are exaggerating the numbers so they can frighten the public about what the Bush administration is up to. So much for fair and balanced. Repeat after me: What Liberal Media?
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