Frat Boy Budget Reporting at the NYT

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Wednesday, 05 February 2014 06:08

The NYT was almost as bad as the Washington Post in its reporting on the farm bill. The NYT gets a few points for explaining how many people would be hit by the cuts in food stamps and what the cuts translated to in dollars per month.

But the main numbers still appeared as just really big numbers. No one knows what $1 trillion in spending means over the next decade and the article offers no context to provide meaning. So, this one will get a good humma, humma, humma, down at the budget reporters' frat house, but provides almost no information to readers.

The NYT had committed itself to placing these numbers in context more than three months ago. What is going on? It really is not that hard.