Just Lookin' For A Little Honesty...

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    1. "As The New York Times reported on Oct. 22, 2009, "The Obama administration's forecast at the start of the year, which predicted that unemployment would not climb much above 8 percent."

    A big promise to be sure and a claim that proved false as unemployment climbed higher and higher reaching 10.2 percent at its peak. Yet, ABC, CBS, and NBC referenced this promise just nine times in two years in stimulus stories mentioning unemployment.

    2. Unemployment still exceeds the Obama-guaranteed 8 percent unemployment rate two years after the bill's passage. In the same time period, network news barely reported that the stimulus failed to halt the sharp rise in unemployment. ABC 'World News,' CBS 'Evening News' and NBC 'Nightly News' all paid plenty of attention to the stimulus and its accomplishments, but more than 98 percent of those evening broadcast stories skipped over the administration's failed prediction.

    3. The Media Research Center's Business & Media Institute (BMI) analyzed network evening news reports that mentioned "stimulus" and "unemployment" from Obama's inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009, to Dec. 21, 2010. BMI found that the networks almost completely ignored Obama's 8 percent unemployment promise and the failure of the stimulus to prevent rising unemployment.

    4. Where Were Stories about the 8 Percent Promise? Just nine stories out of 589 (less than 2 percent) referred to the unemployment prediction in two years of network news coverage.

    5. Networks Instead Promoted More Stimulus: When the effects of the stimulus plan were discussed, network news shows promoted even more stimulus. ABC's Bianna Golodryga asked Warren Buffet if he thought unemployment would hit 11 percent to which he said yes. Then, instead of noting that the stimulus failed, she asked if a second stimulus was needed. To this Buffet replied it may be necessary because the first bill "was sort of like taking half a tablet of Viagra."

    a. ABC "World News" only mentioned the 8 percent prediction one time in nearly two years of coverage, making it the worst of the three networks. Instead ABC credited the stimulus with lower unemployment as reporter Betsy Stark claimed Dec. 4, 2009, when unemployment dropped to 10 percent: "Economists credit the government's massive stimulus spending with getting the job market to this point."

    6. Bush Forced to Defend 5 Percent Unemployment: Under the administration of President George W. Bush, negative economic stories were pushed when unemployment was below 5 percent - less than half the number reached after the stimulus passed. CBS' Dan Rather on Oct. 8, 2004, asked "Tonight, where are the jobs?" yet few stimulus stories have even mentioned Obama's unemployment prediction."
    Stimulus Two Years Later, Networks Ignore Obama's Failed Job Promise
     
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    9 stories out of 589? The MSM has failed big-time. But saying Obama's policies are failures is tantamount to some for being a racist. I wish I were a member of a protected class.
     
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    Is quoting projections for unemployment going to actually produce those jobs somehow? What is your point? It is what it is.
     
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    Of course PC's "source" is the right wing's version of Media Matters which no one takes seriously, but hey, go ahead and ^5 the source. She loves it.


    About the Media Research Center
    Although Media Matters puts out legitimate proven sources, it gets pooh-poohed by the right. This MRC outfit does their own research and it's hailed as truth. Go figure.
     
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    Glad you asked.

    My point is that there is clear and convincing evidence of the bias and obfuscation by the MSM...just as those of us on the right have been saying.

    And the folks on the left who attack Fox News, and rail about the 'right-wing noise machicne'...I believe that is your phrase- are sorely and abysmally uninformed...or there might be some more abstruse....or even malevolent explanation??

    You are well informed enough to know the difference...so one might ask why you didn't write this OP, but the danger is to those who are too busy and are otherwise engaged, to study politics the way we do, and actually get their info from the MSM.

    And, as the OP is entitled, my point is that I'm lookin' for a little honesty.
     
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    Casting aspirsions is soooooo much easier than providing coundter-data, isn't it.

    Based on your post, one might be led to believe that the MSM actually is, to coin a phrase, fair and balanced.
     
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    LOL anyone looking for honesty in politics...
     
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    So, now I have to call you Diogenes?
     
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    Just to poke a hole in your presumption, I've known about the 8% figure being way low for about two years now, and I never watch Fox News nor listen to any of the other right wing noisemakers. (I do try to get through the National Review, however, which lately has brought me to gags sometimes, but I read it anyway just to see how much they LEAVE OUT of a story just to justify their position.)

    So...I must have gotten my information about the 8% from somewhere else. Gee, I wonder where: CNN, MSNBC, Washington Post, Politico, USA Today, and others which have covered the increasing unemployment rate ad nauseam, contrary to "studies" implying that the so-called "liberal media" rarely covers it.
     
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    Somehow, those folks got around Article I, Section 9, Clause 8....

    and became nobility.

    We serfs had best not question them...
     

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