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 Wall of Shame “honoree” is a classic example of the pro growth bias that pervades our media. It’s classic because it illustrates perfectly these key points that are central to what we’re trying to highlight at Growth Bias Busted:
Pro growth bias is presented not as a perspective, and opinion, or one of many viewpoints. It is presented as unquestioned, universal truth.
In most cases, journalists guilty of biased reporting are not conscious of the bias. They do not intend to propagandize. Their reporting is informed by years of bias that have clouded their own judgment.
I know the reporter...
Sadly, it’s all too easy to cite examples of pro-growth bias in the media, as we do here almost daily. Worship of growth everlasting pervades our culture. Politicians and journalists alike pursue and celebrate economic growth without pausing to examine the effects and physical possibility or impossibility. It is an unexamined assumption. So it’s a rare pleasure to honor here on the Wall of Fame something from the media that examines the assumption, considers the effects and argues rationally and convincingly against the conventional growth-seeking “wisdom.” That piece is:
Earth as a Petri Dish: The Problem of Growth
Of course, I have...
During U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Alaska, he addressed the Glacier Conference. I’m putting the spotlight on that climate change address today, and doing so on the Wall of Shame because of the ironic juxtaposition of remarks. On the one hand, the President seems to understand the severity of the climate change problem:
“…we’re here today to discuss a challenge that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other -- and that’s the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate…. Human activity is disrupting the climate, in many ways faster than we previously thought.”
When it comes to population forecasts, having things done “ahead of schedule” isn’t a very comforting achievement. This week The Economist announced, “That India will overtake China as the world’s most populous country . . . [and] the date has just moved closer.”
Previous forecasting had India’s move to the top spot set at 2028. The adjustment puts it a full four years earlier – 2022 - when they will pass China’s 1.4 billion mark. Factors include fertility rates and population age, both of which will lead to even greater population growth for India (Potentially reaching 1.75 billion people around 2060)...