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Washington Post Death Spiral Watch

Why oh why can't we have a better press corps?

The Washington Post is simply not an honest, competent intermediary that anybody should use to direct its attention--nor is it an especially good source of classified ads or movie listings. And it appears to be run by people with a sinister and mendacious political agenda. Shut it down. Shut it down yesterday.

Outsourced to Matthew Yglesias:

Matthew Yglesias:

Donald Luskin, seemingly upset that he hadn’t been bashed recently in the progressive blogosphere, decided to write a baffling and extremely long column that ran over the weekend arguing that the economy’s fine. The Washington Post opinion section, for reasons I don’t care to speculate on, decided to run it. The basic argument is threefold:

  1. Foreclosure rates are lower than they were in the Great Depression and therefore saying things are worse than they’ve been since the Great Depression is wrong.
  2. There was a lot of GDP growth last quarter.
  3. If you ignore the worst-performing stocks, the stock market isn’t performing that poorly.

Point one seems to evince a curious failure to understand the meaning of the word “since.” Point two is interesting, but we’re still a point where for the first time on record we went from economic peak-to-peak (2000-2007) with no growth in individual income. Then we had several quarters of poor GDP growth. And then one decent quarter and now crazy headlines about a collapse of the financial system. This is not a great situation compared to any recent periods in American history. And as for the last point — well of course stock declines have been concentrated in the worst-performing sectors. That’s just how things work.

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