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Let's consider economic health. Associated Press is a regular on the Wall of Shame for its economics reporting, but we will persist in highlighting the pro-growth bias until reporters like Christopher S. Rugaber (a repeat offender here at Growth Bias Busted) are shamed into writing objectively about economic health. (note: image is not from this news story) This story about a survey of economists could easily report on the bias of most of the economists without buying into that bias and assuming it’s the only side of the story. Instead, we get the usual code words that keep most readers believing perpetual economic growth is physically possible, and a universal good...
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There is something disappointing about the performance of the U.S. economy. This Associated Press story reports as though slow growth is bad and robust economic growth is an unalloyed good. AP Economics Writer Christopher Rugaber does not question the take of a federal government report and the Federal Reserve. The perspective of this writer comes across loud and clear: Of course, EVERYONE agrees we need more growth! The judgment that slow growth is bad is telegraphed at several points in the story (emphasis is mine): “The economy grew at a lackluster 1.7 percent annual rate….” “That was better than a revised 1.1 percent rate” “Despite the economy's tepid showing in the April-June...
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