[i]CONSERVATIVE pundits routinely accuse the news media of injecting a liberal bias into coverage of issues from abortion to gun control to gay marriage.<br><br>Now, two months before the presidential election, the economy has been invited to the culture wars. In a new paper, Kevin A. Hassett and John R. Lott Jr., economists at the American Enterprise Institute, the conservative research organization in Washington, say they have discovered that economic reporters commit the same archetypal sin: slanting the news unequivocally in favor of the Democrats.<br><br>How can a nugget of news like the economy's addition of 308,000 new jobs in March - the biggest monthly gain in about four years - yield a report that The Associated Press labeled "Bond prices tumble on jobs data"? Bias, the researchers suspected.<br><br>The two economists combed through 389 newspapers and A.P. reports contained in the LexisNexis database from January 1991 through May 2004, during the administrations of George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. They picked out headlines about gross domestic product growth, unemployment, retail sales and orders of durable goods and classified the headlines' depiction of the economy as either positive, negative, neutral or mixed. Then they crunched some numbers.<br><br>They found that Mr. Clinton received better headlines than the two Republican presidents. Even after adjusting the data to compensate for differences in economic performance under the three presidents, the Republicans received 20 to 30 percent fewer positive headlines, on average, for the same type of news, they concluded.<br><br>For instance, they said, the unemployment rate in the Clinton administration averaged 5.2 percent, only three-tenths of a percentage point less than it has under George W. Bush. But while 44 percent of Mr. Clinton's headlines on unemployment were positive, only 23 percent of President Bush's headlines on the subject have been upbeat.<br><br>They found that as a group, the nation's 10 largest newspapers and The Associated Press were even more skewed. According to the researchers, this group gave Republican administrations 20 to 40 percent fewer positive headlines than those given to Mr. Clinton, on average. Among the top 10 newspapers, they said that all except The Houston Chronicle had a pro-Democratic leaning, though the margin for error in their calculations was too large to be meaningful for most of them individually.<br><br>"We have not constructed tests that identify a motive for the bias," Mr. Hassett said. "A desire to aid the political fortunes of Democrats could explain the patterns we see in the data." The research has attracted some interest outside of conservative circles. Christopher D. Carroll, an economist at Johns Hopkins University who served on Mr. Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers, said the paper by Mr. Hassett and Mr. Lott was "the first serious statistical attempt to look at the question that I've seen."<br><br>The researchers said liberal bias in economic reporting was also uncovered in a 1988 study by Ted J. Smith III of Virginia Commonwealth University. In it, he said that network television coverage during the Reagan administration focused on negative economic stories, criticized the administration for bad news and failed to give it credit for good news.<br><br>link<br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>They found that Mr. Clinton received better headlines than the two Republican presidents.<p><hr></blockquote><p>clinton was a moderate republican on a great many issues, so this should not surprise anyone. no republican president in the last 25 years has leaned left like clinton leaned right. clinton was the definition of moderate with a knack for appeasing the business community better than many republican presidents. when you can please the NY Times and the WSJ with the same action, that's quite impressive. <br><br><br><br>--<br>one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>clinton was a moderate republican on a great many issues<p><hr></blockquote><p>Only while running for re-election in 1996, based on polling conducted by Dick Morris. <br><br>****************<br><br>[color:blue]VOTE</font color=blue>[color:red] for President George W. Bush on November 2, 2004</font color=red>
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EXTRA EXTRA CONSERVATIVE THINK TANK CONFIRMS CONSERVATIVE SUSPICION!!!<br><br>In all seriousness, you should always be suspicious of this kind of research. The article you posted does not tell what kind of methodology the AEI used to determine what a positive or negative headline is. Many economic headlines have more than one clause as well and with the conflicted nature of such reporting, many headlines would likely fall into several categories.<br><br>Also, the bit about unemployment raises my suspicion. The AEI should know better than to rely solely on the national unemployment figure to determine the health of the labor market. For instance, Bush's net job loss is a huge difference from Clinton's job growth, which is not reflected in the minute difference in the unemployment number.<br><br>-- Charlie Alpha Roger Yankee Whiskey<br>
<a href="http://www.cato.org/research/articles/derugy-020725.html">clinton versus dubya</a><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Other changes, such as the welfare reform bill, NAFTA, GATT, farm deregulation, telecommunications deregulation and financial services deregulation, moved policy in a market-oriented direction.<br><br>Perhaps most importantly, there was a substantial reduction in federal spending as a share of gross domestic product during the Clinton years. Using the growth of domestic spending as a benchmark, Clinton was the second most conservative president of the post-World War II era, trailing only Ronald Reagan.<p><hr></blockquote><p>i know for a fact that the financial services deregulation came in 1999 when clinton was obviously in his final term. GATT is largely responsible for large companies moving overseas . . . and clinton put it on the table in early 1994, not in the re-election year. NAFTA was in 1993.<br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, writing last week for LewRockwell.com, agrees: "The unfortunate truth is that the Bush administration, aided by a Republican Congress, has increased spending more in three years than the previous administration did in eight. Federal spending has grown by more than 25 percent since President Bush took office." <p><hr></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.prisonplanet.com/120803lessconservative.html">link</a>i could point out many other examples, but since you used the word, "only" and i've already dispelled that myth, i'll stand on my original assertion. <br><br><br>--<br>one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato
What was Clinton going to do, turn his back on the conservative policies he co-opted during his 1996 run for a second term and ruin the "legacy" he thought so highly of? <br><br>C'mon Sean.<br><br>****************<br><br>[color:blue]VOTE</font color=blue>[color:red] for President George W. Bush on November 2, 2004</font color=red>
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what are you talking about (or, were you making a funny)? some of those things happened years before 1996. seriously, were you just joking or are you just forcing yourself to see everything the way you want to view it even if that means ignoring or distorting the facts?<br><br><br>--<br>one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato
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