What is Pro-Growth Bias?

Pro-Growth Bias is reflected in the media by the stories and words chosen, which hint and often trumpet that economic, population, and consumption growth is good and essential. We're here to expose the bias and encourage more balanced and thoughtful journalism. Here you can vote, discuss, and even post stories exemplifying the bias.

Help bust pro-growth bias in the media. Join the Truth Squad.
Donate Now

Explore all our non-profit sustainability initiatives at GrowthBusters.

Register to get email alerts or submit stories.

California: Come On In, the Water's Fine An Associated Press (AP) story about causes and cures for California’s “mega-drought” is a classic, textbook example of how an addict comes up with a million reasons NOT to end his/her substance abuse today. Maybe tomorrow, but not today.  What’s blamed for California’s drought? Basically Everything That’s the headline over AP statehouse reporter Fenit Nirappil’s piece, which clearly has an agenda. Yes, many journalists should be joining us at growth-aholics anonymous meetings. Our culture of growth is so strong that well-intentioned reporters can’t help but repeat and reinforce the destructive attitudes and beliefs that keep us addicted to growth, even as...
Last modified on
Hits: 2149
How much fame or shame?:
3
Jeb Bush Promises Relentless Destruction of Life-Support Systems In a U.S. presidential campaign kickoff speech yesterday, the third member of the Bush dynasty trifecta met Hillary Clinton’s bigger-chicken-in-every-pot bet (my words), and raised her one: "So many challenges could be overcome if we just get this economy growing at full strength. There is not a reason in the world why we cannot grow at a rate of four percent a year. And that will be my goal as president - four percent growth, and the 19 million new jobs that come with it.” Bush finds a spot on the Wall of Shame today for promising robust economic growth, without...
Last modified on
Hits: 284
How much fame or shame?:
2
Hillary Clinton Wants You to "Get Ahead" Prosperity for all and ever-rising income are about as American as baseball, hot dogs and apple pie. Hillary Clinton promised to restore this American Dream in the first speech and rally of her 2016 presidential campaign.  We’ve come to expect that each year we’ll be materially richer than the year before. Of course that dream has been shaken over the last few decades, as humankind went into overshoot and the U.S. led the charge. With mother nature pushing back, the costs of growth have risen, and it’s become more difficult to “get ahead,” as we’ve always called it. The middle-class has to...
Last modified on
Hits: 335
How much fame or shame?:
2
Mosher Wants You Barefoot & Pregnant This week I’m sharing a few noteworthy responses to the journalistic train wreck from the New York Times last week declaring the population bomb defused. When I saw  birth-dearth fearmonger Stephen Mosher on the byline for a piece at the radical pro-life website, LifeNews, I thought he’d be celebrating. No, he isn’t satisfied; the Times didn’t go far enough. So Mosher, along with Roback Morse, both of the astroturf-named Population Research Institute, adorn the Wall of Shame this morning, for The New York Times Finally Throws in the Towel on the “Overpopulation” Myth. This critique is hard on Mosher, but it must...
Last modified on
Hits: 328
How much fame or shame?:
1
New York Times Fail on Overpopulation A video and brief written report published by the New York Times get star treatment today on the Wall of Shame. The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion is a disappointing advocacy piece posing as “reporting.”  The video, produced by Kit R. Roane and Sarah Weiser, seems designed from the outset to make a point: that the concerns about world overpopulation that received a lot of attention in the 1960s and 1970s were unwarranted. It’s easy to jump to that conclusion if it supports your worldview. The producers dug up some great archival footage and gave us a fascinating retrospective. They brought useful...
Last modified on
Hits: 544
How much fame or shame?:
2
Growth Propheteer Demands 5% GDP Growth Target Monday we shamed a Wall Street Journal report which went beyond reporting the facts about shrinking U.S. GDP. It was just one example from a flood of media accounts in which reporters inadvertently signaled their own judgment that a shrinking economy is bad news. TV and radio pundit Larry Kudlow went even further on his syndicated WABC radio show Saturday, emphatically suggesting GOP presidential candidates promise 5% annual GDP growth. Kudlow, who aspires to be today’s Julian Simon, builds his entire identity around boosting growth. “…what a lousy recovery this has been.” “…we need a 5% economic growth target” Kudlow’s growth rant was...
Last modified on
Hits: 280
How much fame or shame?:
1

Get Involved!

GrowthBiasBusted.org is an interactive online community where you can vote, discuss and even post stories about bias in the media. Get involved today!
Post Your Own Story

How Can I Help?

This is a donor-supported non-profit project. Your tax-deductible donation allows us to continue pushing the media to improve growth issues coverage.
Donate Now