Is it ignorance or tendentiousness?

18 10 2007

The Post, on its Political Ticker site, runs an article today about its new poll, which purportedly shows that 46% of the respondents believe the economy is in recession. Nowhere in the article, however, is any economic analysis of whether or not the economy is actually in a recession. The article cites a definition of a recession as “a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months, normally visible in real GDP, real income, employment, industrial production, and wholesale-retail sales.” I don’t believe all of those numbers are in decline, nor even a majority of them. Does the Post not know what the numbers are, or is the Post comfortable with a poll showing that 46% of respondents have no idea what is happening in the broader economy, since it supports their editorial policies? The article then goes on to reflect on the effect the perception of the economy is having on the President’s poll numbers. The Post is silent, however, on the effect on the Congressional poll numbers. Go figure.

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