AP broke with standard news practices by circulating what can only be considered an opinion piece on the deficit as a news story. The article exclusively presents the views of deficit hawks and misrepresents many fundamental issues about the budget.
After noting the Greek budget crisis, the second sentence tells readers: "In the world's largest economic and military power, there's a far more serious debt dilemma."
The piece continues:
"For the U.S., the crushing weight of its debt threatens to overwhelm everything the federal government does, even in the short-term, best-case financial scenario — a full recovery and a return to prerecession employment levels.