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D.C. Reporters Just Make Sh*t Up, Part 1,489,890,992,384

When creating D.C. myths, Washington reporters aren't interested in actual data.
 
 
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I was reading this [link fixed], the zillionth "analysis" of political populism from a Washington, D.C.-based reporter, when I came upon this pretty perfect example of how Beltway journalists just make shit up:

The country today is different. America has an enormous middle class that is heavily invested in the financial system and is hardly about to organize for its overthrow...

People who have lost half the value of their 401(k) plans, in other words, want to regain it by having the economy rebound, not by seizing the assets of ExxonMobil Corp.

If this reporter was even the slightest bit interested in whether this banalia was true, he would have spent all of 5 seconds on the Google and found that actually, empirical public opinion data shows that Americans are quite supportive of "seizing the assets" of oil companies like ExxonMobil.

 

David Sirota was the top spokesman for Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee. He is currently writing a book on the middle class economic squeeze for Crown Publishers. You can contact him at Davidsirota.com.

 
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