The Post Just Can't Resist Editorializing on the "Skyrocketing" Budget Deficits

The Post yet again could not resist the urge to editorialize on the deficit in a news story, referring to it as "skyrocketing." Of course the debt is increasing rapidly as a result of the downturn caused by the economic mismanagement of Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke, but if the economy recovers as predicted, then the deficits will shrink to more reasonable levels in the near future. Terms like "skyrocketing" belong in editorials, not news stories in serious newspapers, unless they are direct quotes.

It would have also been helpful to remind readers, in discussing Republican complaints about the Obama administration's deficits, that these deficits are primarily attributable to the economic mismanagement that occurred under a Republican administration.

--Dean Baker

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