Friday, February 05, 2010

ABC's "he said, she said" reporting:

Here's the story: (emp add)
ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports: Minutes after he was sworn in by Vice President Biden, newly minted Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) says the stimulus “hasn’t created one new job.”

The comments came at Brown’s first press conference as a U.S. Senator when I asked him if he is willing to work with Democrats on a jobs bill. Based on his response, that seems unlikely.

“The last stimulus bill didn’t create one new job and in some states the money that was actually released hasn’t even been used yet,” Brown said.

“It didn’t create one new job?” I asked.

“That’s correct. We lost another 85,000 jobs again, give or take last month,” he responded. “And in Massachusetts, it hasn’t created one new job and throughout the country as well. It may have retained some but it hasn’t created any new jobs. I need to see the bill.”

Brown’s comments are at odds with the analysis of the Congressional Budget Office, which says the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, aka “stimulus”, saved or created 600,000 to 1.6 million jobs in the third quarter of 2009. The White House’s Recovery Act website,, says stimulus grant recipients reported creating 9,261 jobs in Massachusetts during the fourth quarter of 2009.

The Obama Administration says Brown’s got his facts wrong.

Economists of all political points of view, including those from the non-partisan CBO, estimate that the Recovery Act has created or saved between 1.5 - 2.4 million jobs across America,” said Jay Carney, spokesman for Vice President Joe Biden, the administration’s top Recovery Act booster and watchdog.
To review:
  • "Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) says"
  • "the Congressional Budget Office ... says" (see who vouches for its non-partisanship at the end of this list)
  • "The White House’s Recovery Act website, says"
  • "The Obama Administration says"
  • "Economists of all political points of view, including those from the non-partisan CBO ... said Jay Carney, spokesman for Vice President Joe Biden"
Nowhere in that report is a clearly identified unbiased judge of the situation. The CBO? That's proclaimed to be non-partisan by a partisan.

Jonathan Karl couldn't be bothered to seek out a non-partisan assessment (or declare that the CBO is non-partisan - which he may feel is not his role as a reporter). This is a fine example of terrible reporting.


Why should he go out on a limb and attempt to deduce an actual fact when he can turn in this kind of crap and still get a paycheck?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/06/2010 3:03 PM  

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