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Without citing evidence, media parrot right-wing claims about so-called job-killing policies

 

 

HERE‘s an example of your so-called liberal media in action:

Media have overwhelmingly repeated claims by Republican politicians and corporations that government policies are “job killers” without citing any evidence for this claim according to a new study. And today’s news reporting demonstrates the study’s point.

Occidental College professor Peter Dreier and University of Northern Iowa professor Christopher Martin found media stories in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and the Associated Press with the phrase “job killer” have spiked since President Obama took office and that since 1984, “in 91.6% of the stories alleging that a government policy was or would be a ‘job killer,’ the media failed to cite any evidence for this claim or to quote an authoritative source with any evidence for this claim.”

Dreier and Martin pointed out that “[w]ith little or no fact checking of ‘job killer’ allegations, Americans have no way to know if there is any evidence for these claims.”

The study also found that the majority of these stories involved allegations by Republicans or business spokespersons, and that the phrase was used most often to attack tax policies, health care reform, and policies to protect the environment, workers, or consumers.

The study findings are borne out by the facts.

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  1. expdoc

    These stats aren’t tied directly to the President, but if I was working on his campaign they would scare the crap out of me.

    If I was one of the long term unemployed I would wonder exactly what the leader of my country has done for me lately.

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/14/politics/btn-long-term-unemployment/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

    40: Percentage of long-term unemployed who blame President Barack Obama.

    69: Percentage of long-term unemployed who say their job loss has not changed their political views.

    1.2 million: Highest number of long-term unemployed during the presidency of Jimmy Carter (from January 1981, 14.7% of the total unemployed).

    2.8 million: Highest number of long-term unemployed during the presidency of Ronald Reagan (from June 1983, 24.6% of the total unemployed).

    2.1 million: Highest number of long-term unemployed during the presidency of George H. W. Bush (from October 1992, 22% of the total unemployed).

    1.9 million: Highest number of long-term unemployed during the presidency of Bill Clinton (from January 1993, 20.1% of the total unemployed).

    2.6 million: Highest number of long-term unemployed during the presidency of George W. Bush (from December 2008, 22.8% of the total unemployed).

    6.7 million: Highest number of long-term unemployed during the presidency of Barack Obama (from April 2010, 48.1% of the total unemployed).

  2. wilson

    Pat, you often site evidence where there is none.

  3. Funny Pat, I don’t remember you whining when the national media was giving Obama a free pass on the tough questions and acting like a groupy to his rock-star mentality (and they even ADMITTED after he was elected they did this) while hounding Bush on every little detail of everything he said. Kind of funny how you only have a problem with how the media reports things when it is against something you support.

  4. Scott: Apparently you don’t remember the media giving Obama grief over flag pins, his birth certificate, the Rev. Wright, the so-called Bittergate scandal and other such matters.

    And apparently you don’t recognize Fox News Channel, Rush Limbaugh, the Wall Street Journal and other conservative outlets as part of what you call “the national media.”

    Kind of funny how you only have a problem with how the media reports things when it is against something you support.

  5. LOL…that’s priceless!! he got hammered on not wearing a flag pin, while Buxh was answering questions about policy and things he’d do ON THE JOB!!

    Thank you for proving my point!!

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