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Washington Post's Fact Checkers Go On Strike

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Tuesday, 05 March 2013 05:34

That's what readers of Marc Thiessen's column on the sequester would conclude. Theissen repeatedly touts the report of the Bowles-Simpson commission. Of course there was no report issued by the commission because no report received the necessary majority. The Post's fact checkers would have quickly caught Thiessen's error and insist that he correct it, but such is the price of labor discord.

Thiessen's piece is also striking for the lack of concern for the people will lose their jobs as a result of slower growth that is resulting from his preferred policy. Presumably he does not imagine himself or his friends to be among the people who will lose jobs because of the policies he advocates.

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Thiessen chicken
written by David, March 05, 2013 8:22
Apparently Thiessen is not only not concerned with the unemployed, he also is okay with wasteage of 10-15% of capacity. Uncaring, inefficient greedy mountebanks, unite!
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written by Richard, March 05, 2013 9:16
"The Post's fact checkers would have quickly caught Thiessen's error and insist that he correct it, but such is the price of labor discord."

IIRC from a back and forth from the late Deborah Howell when she was the Post Omsbud, the Post does NOT fact check opinion columns. I seem to recall she and the Post were raked over the coals on this issue but they were adamant that they were correct.
Thanks Dean
written by Nick, March 05, 2013 9:23
Every day, without fail, I come to this blog and smile because of your wit. Keep it up.
about the rest of simpson bowles
written by ripmondo, March 05, 2013 11:16
supposed marc wouldnt have a problem with taxing ALL income incl capital gains, etc. as ordinary income up to 39% instead of 15% either as simpson bowles recomended......................why do they always forget that and why dont people call them out on it.................
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written by John Q, March 05, 2013 4:25
Mr. Baker must get tired of having to continually repeat that there was no report from the SB commission, only the proposal made by the chairmen as individuals.

Just as I get tired of having to continually repeat that there were in fact two proposals from commission members: the one from Bowles and Simpson, and the one from commission member Pat Schakowsky.

http://schakowsky.house.gov/images/stories/1202_Schakowsky_Deficit_Reduction_Plan.pdf

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Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. He is the author of several books, his latest being The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive. Read more about Dean.

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