Cînd locatarul Casei Albe nu crede că rolul guvernului este să facă din economie o pîrghie pentru realizarea de programe de inginerie socială şi în schimb crede că singurul lucru necesar este să creeze condiţii stimulante pentru cetăţeanul privat sau corporatist de a produce cît mai nestînjenit şi profitabil, mediile progresiste intră în ipohondrie.
In the 1980s, there was a consensus among the members of the national media that Ronald Reagan was going to fail and that he was going to bring on economic disaster. But… the economy didn’t collapse. In fact, it soared to unprecedented levels.
The media stubbornly refused to admit that „Reaganomics” was responsible. The drumbeat of negative opposition to the president’s policies continued through the 1980s. By 1986… the ratio of negative to positive stories was seven to one. In other words, as the economy was improving, media reports on the economy were becoming increasingly negative.
One of the most common allegations in these reports was that the poor got poorer under Reagan, even though the actual number of poor declined from 14 to 13 percent during his administration, and the average income for the lowest one-fifth of Americans rose from $7,008 to $9,431.
Inflation declined 48%, from 8.9 to 4.6%. Unemployment declined 45%, from 7.5 to 5.2.%. Interest rates declined 71.9%, from 21 to 5.9%. Twenty-one million new jobs were created. The so-called „greedy ’80s” witnessed the largest peacetime economic expansion in our nation’s history, yet the media remained deaf, dumb and blind.
A Case Study in Liberal Bias
Imprimis, vol. 23, no. 11, noiembrie 1994