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.