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.

Subscribe to this list via RSS Stories tagged in consumption
Weird Al Yankovic: Killing the Planet a Laughing Matter It’s not often we get to laugh here at Growth Bias Busted. Saving the planet, and saving a civilization from itself, is serious business. It is a real treat, therefore, to honor a comedic song and video on the Wall of Fame today. With First World Problems, Weird Al Yankovic has done a masterful job of holding up a mirror to the billion people on the planet living lives of excess and daring to complain about it. “I bought too many groceries for my refrigerator” Yes, it’s brilliant. And apparently people are recognizing it. Yankovic’s new album, Mandatory Fun, debuted as...
Last modified on
Hits: 409
How much fame or shame?:
4
The American Dream: What Do We Want for Our Kids? Robert Samuelson’s latest syndicated column expressed the very real concerns of parents in the U.S., perhaps in most developed nations: “I have three 20-somethings, and although all are now gainfully occupied in jobs or school, I am awash in anxiety about their future. Will jobs be there? Will they be stable? Will they pay enough? Will they encourage our children to start families of their own?” It’s true, gone are the days when a college degree virtually guaranteed a job and a decent wage. A college education is more expensive than ever, while job offers are scarce and starting salaries disappointing. College...
Last modified on
Hits: 445
How much fame or shame?:
4
Economy Sizzles; Media Celebrate Return to Robust Destruction This morning the United States Department of Commerce released its advanced estimate of 2nd quarter National Income and Product Accounts – GDP. An annualized growth rate of about 3% was widely anticipated, so the 4 percent figure reported today will undoubtedly be celebrated – by the White House, growth profiteers counting their money, growth propheteers on the business news networks, and economic reporters. All will be celebrating a number which, in truth, measures how fast the U.S. is liquidating the planet of nonrenewable resources, how fast we’re replacing wildlife habitat and farms with mcmansions on cul-de-sacs, and how much CO2 we’re...
Last modified on
Hits: 422
How much fame or shame?:
3

Posted by on in Wall of Fame
The Impossibility of Growth George Monbiot is no stranger to the Wall of Fame but this latest piece from his website is just epic. The Impossibility of Growth obviously caught our eye and those of many other organizations. The article has been making the rounds via social media and we couldn’t be more pleased. But we also wanted to give it more attention and bring it to you in case you missed it. The opening two paragraphs hit the reader like a hammer. He turns to Jeremy Grantham for a quick calculation to demonstrate what a steady growth rate of possessions since 3030BC would look...
Last modified on
Hits: 665
How much fame or shame?:
6
Economic Growth Slows to a Crawl in First Quarter Here is another prime example of reporting as usual from the LA Times. The gist: The economy is growing but not fast enough. Don Lee writes, “The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the economy expanded at a mere 0.1% annual pace in the first three months of the year, one of the weakest rates of growth in the nearly 5-year-old recovery.” Nothing but depressing news as exemplified by words like “mere” and “weakest”. We’re still wondering where it’s set in stone that the economy has to be constantly growing for all to be right in the world. But somehow that idea...
Last modified on
Hits: 731
How much fame or shame?:
3

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