Apr
01
2010

SoundBites

Better to Mislead Than to Take a Side In the third paragraph of a report on the stimulus program in the New York Times (2/18/10), readers were told, “There is little dispute among economists that the measure has kept the jobless rate from being even higher than it is.” Clear enough. But since reporting must be “balanced,” the Times recited Republican talking points—essentially, that the stimulus couldn’t have succeeded because unemployment is still high—and then suggested that such critics have a point: “Economists say that Mr. Obama and the Republicans are both, in a sense, correct.” The economist the Times […]