Oct
18
2010

Eleanor Clift: Doing the Deficit Rag

Newsweek's Eleanor Clift has a new piece headlined"Math Lessons: How Did a Concept as Unsexy and Complicated as the National Deficit Become the Galvanizing Political Issue of the Day?"

Sheasks: "Why is the deficit the top issue in voters' minds?"

If she eliminated the word "why," you'd be left with agood question to ponder. The answer would be no, andthe piece could end there.

But instead of writing that piece,Clift wrote this:

The deficit is really a symbol for the anger that people feel about the amount of money that has been poured into the economy, without any tangible returns that they can see in their own pocketbooks. "The American people are not Keynesians," says Brookings scholar Tom Mann. "In tough economic times, they spend less, and they think government should do the same."

There is plenty of evidence to suggestthat people actually want the government to spend more money in order to create jobs. But in the corporate media's worldview, people care a whole lot about the deficit–but not, apparently, what actually caused the deficit.

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.