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On NPR is the Deficit Officially "Crushing"?

Thursday, 23 December 2010 06:05
The anchor introduced a Morning Edition segment on ethanol subsidies by referring to the "crushing deficit." Is this bit of editorializing now official NPR policy? If NPR needs an adjective for deficits right now, a more accurate one would be "essential," since demand and therefore GDP would plummet if the country were to balance its budget.
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written by izzatzo, December 23, 2010 7:11
NPR has issued a correction. Ethanol subsidies were recently discovered to cause "crushing climate change" as legitimate news, while deficits are old news, crushing the economy since taxes and spending were invented ... except of course for the last round of tax cuts, large enough to cover the "crushing" shortfall in Social Security three times over.
written by gravy, December 23, 2010 8:25
People are being crushed by low taxes and unemployment benefits.
written by Steve, December 23, 2010 9:46
NPR is obsessed with the deficit. NPR is determined to be a trusted part of the Washington establishment, so it reflects the views of such Beltway paragons as David Brooks who says the nation faces a fiscal crisis, not an employment crisis. Also, the NPR anchors and reporters reflect the common malady of being upper middle class, so they are conservative economically, including being anti-union, even if they are liberal socially.
written by zinc, December 23, 2010 3:45
I cringe whenever the NPR economic pundits begin "reporting" the economic news. Usually their introduction frames the discussion around a zombie supply side tome followed by an interview with a discredited republican mouth piece or a representative from the investment banking fraternity selling their free lunch dogma.

I have taken to turning off the radio when NPR economic news comes on. It should be renamed to NRR (National Republican Radio).
written by zinc, December 23, 2010 4:53
Only two short years ago, the republican's were shown the door for their trampling on the Constitution, war mongering, profligate spending, egregious federal subsidies to favorite industries, budget busting tax breaks for the wealthy, and general unsavory corruption.

Recently, they have experienced a most surreal resurrection from the dead, driven by their mercurial leader, Toby "Mitch" McConnel against the fast racing Barry "the Hare" O'Bama. Oh, no need for me to recount the familiar fable. Walt Disney was a much better story teller: (Notice Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich, etc.) Classic:

written by bailey, December 23, 2010 6:24
I don't know about that Dean. Personally, I'd like to see the Gov't. take back the $9 trillion it "had" to donate to the financial sector for our betterment & let the chips fall where they may. Happy holidays. ps. I sure wish the Dems invited you to, & listened to you at, that summer, '08 meeting of Economists.
written by NancyinStL, December 23, 2010 11:53
NPR isn't what it used to be! This whole sorry state of affairs at NPR was triggered by a George W Bush appointment of "grand overseer", who promptly shuffled Bob Edwards aside. He quit and moved to Sirius radio.

The experienced reporters were replaced by younglings. They do try, at times, to get at the underlying truth but haven't much experience in investigative reporting. So they resort to inviting "common wisdom/very serious people" to comment. They've also succumbed to the idea that one must give equal time to all viewpoints, even if the story refutes the common wisdom.

Basically, the Powers that Be have found a way to neutralize a formerly strong voice of reason while blanketing the media with the likes of Faux News.
written by furiouschads, December 24, 2010 8:54
The NPR work encapsulated in the Planet Money podcast does a very good job of covering the crisis. The tale of Toxie (a slice of a MBS)was real reporting.
NPR Takes Dictation from Peter G. Peterson
written by Gene Harlot, December 25, 2010 12:41
Um, you do know that NPR is on the dole of the Peter G. Peterson folks, right? Just like the Obamafia and a good deal of the media. The deficits are "crushing," which means we must cut "entitlements" (NEVER use the words "social safety net"), which means we must cut/slash/raise the retirement age on/means-test/destroy Social Security. Come on, now, everyone knows this is the case, so NPR is only doing what's conventional wisdom! Good times, good times!

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