Wow. As If We Needed Yet Another Reason Not to Read the Washington Post
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Dean Baker Is Remarkably Calm and Measured, Considering...

Dean Baker on Washington Post "reporter" Michael Dobbs's claim that:

[T]ake your pick. Depending on the statistics you use, Mexican economic growth over the last two decades has been either [the Post's claim of] 337 percent, [the IMF's] 125 percent, or [Dean Baker's] 83 percent.

The Post Goes Post-Modern on NAFTA: Mr. Dobbs... seemed to come to the conclusion that there are different ways to measure growth, and you get to pick the one you like best. While I tried to explain that this is not true, I apparently could not convince the Post's fact checker....

[I]f the Post wants to use the methodology from its NAFTA editorial... it should use the same methodology to report GDP growth for other countries. According to the Washington Post methodology, Argentina's economy has grown... 11.6 percent annually. Venezuela... 10.5 percent....

The Post has never used these numbers in discussing growth for other countries. This is not a debatable point. The Post used an inappropriate methodology... it is time that the Post came clean...

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