Dec
02
2010

WPost News Report: Deficit Commission Shuns Ideology

In today's Washington Post (12/2/10), in the news article "Deficit Commission Sets Ideology Aside," reporters Lori Montgomery and Brady Dennis explain why the commission is not ideological:

Confronted with a deficit-reduction plan loaded with political dynamite, members from both parties set aside ideological orthodoxy at least briefly, sparking hope that their work could ignite a serious effort to reduce government debt and spare the nation from a European-style fiscal crisis.

But the notion that the deficit is one of the most pressing issues facing the country– "The Moment of Truth" is the title of the commission's report–is profoundly ideological to begin with.

Though the commission and the Post reporters treat the necessity of reducing the deficit as a sort of universally understood truth, many economists do not agree, arguing that the spending cuts that deficit-cutting would entail would further decrease demand in an already demand-starved economy.

By embracing deficit-cutting ideology to the exclusion of the views of many dissenting experts, instead of showing that the commission has put aside ideology, the Post reminds once again how deeply ideological our corporate media can be.

About Steve Rendall

Senior Media Analyst and Co-producer of CounterSpin Steve Rendall is FAIR's senior analyst. He is co-host of CounterSpin, FAIR's national radio show. His work has received awards from Project Censored, and has won the praise of noted journalists such as Les Payne, Molly Ivins and Garry Wills. He is co-author of The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error (The New Press, 1995, New York City). Rendall has appeared on dozens of national television and radio shows, including appearances on CNN, C-SPAN, CNBC, MTV and Fox Morning News. He was the subject of a profile in the New York Times (5/19/96), and has been quoted on issues of media and politics in publications such as the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post and New York Times. Rendall contributed stories to the International Herald Tribune from France, Spain and North Africa; worked as a freelance writer in San Francisco; and worked as an archivist collecting historical material on the Spanish Civil War and the volunteers who fought in it. Rendall studied philosophy and chemistry at San Francisco State University, the College of Notre Dame and UC Berkeley.