Wall Street Journal does classic propagandist headline

The Obama Economy

This is, of course, a use of language meant to pomote a particular notion – that the present economy is a consequence of  the Obama administration’s ideas and actions rather than a consequence of people and ideology prior to Obama’s move into the presidency five weeks ago.  It’s purposeful and deceitful, but the editorial corner of this paper has been one wall of the rightwing media echo chamber for a long time (see Jamieson and Cappella’s “Echo Chamber” or Alterman’s “What Liberal Media”).

Aside from the time periods relevant to this, how patently silly the WSJ suggestion is can be rather quickly evidenced simply by noting that the rest of the world’s economy is matching what is happening in the US (because many of the problems are broad and systemic).


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