Media Making It Worse

77% of Americans believe that the media’s reporting is making the economic situation in this country worse. The percentage is the same for men and women and virtually constant across income demographics.

The US survey of 1000 adults was conducted by Opinion Research Corporation and is statistically representative of the total U.S. population. The survey question: “Do you think the financial press is making the economic crisis worse by projecting fear into people’s minds?” While the overall response indicated that 77% of Americans answered YES, here are highlights of note: Household Incomes: $25k – $35k — 79% answered YES $35k – $50k — 88% answered YES $50k – $75k — 76% answered YES $75k – more — 78% answered YES Demographics: 85% of young adults (18-24 yrs old) answered YES 77% of males and females alike answered YES 65% of blacks answered YES

The relentless barrage of doom and gloom certainly has to have an effect on people. Even if they personally don’t feel any economic pain, they change their behaviors based on what they are hearing, over and over, from the media. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The media malpractice in reporting on the economy is nothing new, of course. For years they reported on the “dismal” 5% unemployment rate for much of Bush’s presidency. I fully expect them to turn around and fawn over a higher rate once Obama is in office.

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3 Responses to Media Making It Worse

  1. martian says:

    The press have been actively aiding and abetting the liberal lies about the economy over the last 8 years. Not just the unemployment rate (until this year the lowest in decades) but complaining that the millions of jobs that were created during the Bush years weren’t the “right kind” of jobs. Constantly telling people that they really didn’t get any benefit from the tax cuts unless they were rich (despite what we could see in our paychecks – mine certainly improved), constantly predicting economic collapse. Well, as Gaius pointed out, they spent so much time harping on it that it bacame a self-fulfilling prophecy and one that the Dems and the press have successfully hung like a millstone around the necks of the Republicans despite all evidence to the contrary. It has been said that a Democrat can’t win a presidential election unless the economy is bad. They know it as well as the press does and the Democrats and the press conspired handily to bring about an economic atmosphere in which a Democrat could win.

    I also agree, that you will see the press fawning over much higher unemployment rates than we have seen over the last 8 years.

  2. SJ Reidhead says:

    Thanks, I needed that. I was planning a Pink Flamingo rant this evening and could not remember where I saw that statistic.

    The Pink Flamingo

  3. Sam says:

    I’ll bet it approaches 100% among readers of this blog.

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