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.
Woe is me. According to Martin Crutsinger of Associated Press:
“The U.S. Commerce Department said Thursday that the economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew at a tepid annual rate of 1.5 per cent in the July-September quarter….”
“Encouragingly for the economy, consumer spending remained solid….”
If there is a sarcasm emoticon, insert it here. Because I’m actually disappointed in the economic reporters around the world who insert their value judgments about GDP growth into every story, such as this one about the latest quarterly U.S. GDP growth estimates. The reports assume that robust growth is universally acclaimed and...
Today's journalistic shame goes to an MSNBC video clip with this headline:
New Year Welcomes Economic Optimism
On Weekends With Alex Witt on Saturday, Frances Rivera discussed the “Rosy Outlook for 2015” with USA Today’s Regina Lewis. This conversation earned Wall of Shame status for it’s “rosy” perspective that myopically considers only the short-term endorphin rush of these factors:
Expecting the overall economy to grow 3 percent
Wages may increase
More spending power
These things are easy to love. On the surface, they sound wonderful. But we need journalists to think longer and harder, and dig deeper into what...
The U.S. government’s final revised estimate of 3rd quarter GDP growth last week triggered an avalanche of biased news reports. How objective does this sound?
“The U.S. economy grew at a sizzling 5 percent annual rate last quarter, the fastest since 2003, fueled by consumer and business spending. The surge confirmed that the economy is steadily improving and outshining others around the world.”
That bit of judgment is from Martin Crutsinger’s Associated Press report on Tuesday, which ran around the world under headlines like these:
U.S. Economy Takes Off With 5 Percent Growth In Q3 (Northwest Indiana Times)
Earlier this week, Associated Press published a classic illustration of pro-growth media bias. It starts with this headline:
Factory Growth Slips, But Still Healthy
The implication of the headline is that slower factory growth might be considered unhealthy. In fact, reporter Christopher Rugaber’s story does rest on the fundamental assumption that more factory production is healthy, strong, and universally desired.
“…production and hiring slowed, though the level of activity remained strong.”
Rugaber signals his belief in the Holy Grail of economic growth:
“Manufacturing has been a key driver of growth this year, as Americans have ramped up their purchases of autos and...
Black Friday Fizzles With Consumers as Sales Tumble 11%
What does this headline tell us about our culture? Bloomberg reports today that retail sales during the 2014 Black Friday weekend did not increase over last year’s spending:
“Spending tumbled an estimated 11 percent over the weekend from a year earlier, the Washington-based National Retail Federation said yesterday. And more than 6 million shoppers who had been expected to hit stores never showed up.”
This report by Lauren Coleman-Lochner earns Wall of Shame status by sticking with outdated, unenlightened assumptions – that more shopping is good, and we needn’t be concerned about...