Journalists Always Make Sure Obama’s Glass is Half Full April 10, 2014Posted by geoff in News.
Headlines trumpet the good news:
U.S. budget deficit narrows sharply in March
Deficit falls 31% in first six months of fiscal year
The government’s shortfall was $37 billion, down 65% compared to the March 2013 deficit of $107 billion.
But in the 4th paragraph the ugly facts emerge:
A Treasury official said that with calendar-related adjustments, the deficit would have been more than twice as large in March. Because March 1 was on a weekend, for example, certain payments that usually would have been made in March were instead made in February.
Seems like that would have tempered the unbiased journalist’s choice of headline, doesn’t it?