Monday, February 23, 2009

More "Why you believe what you believe"

NEW YORK — There were plenty of familiar faces on-screen during TV coverage of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan, people like James Carville, Laura Ingraham, Karl Rove, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Joe Trippi and Dick Morris.

What it lacked, some critics suggest, were people with real expertise in what the $787 billion plan will mean for the economy and for communities and individuals. In short, it was treated like just another political battle.

Of the 681 people who appeared as guests on a dozen cable news and four network Sunday morning talk shows in the three weeks that ended last Sunday, only 41, or 6 percent, were economists, said the liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America.

... read the rest on HuffPo after the click.

My comment: Of 681 people expressing their opinions about economics on your television, only 41 have any qualifications. And you wonder why you're not sure you understand what's going on?

In the meantime, well over 90% of the bill was not in dispute! The argument was over less than 5% of the expenditures! But the news coverage of the STIM would have you believe that the whole bill in its entirety was in up for grabs! How's that for "fair and balanced"?

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