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Abc, The Leading Naysayer

All three networks acknowledged the great GDP growth, even tied the growth to the Bush tax cuts. That’s called acknowledging reality. But ABC’s World News Tonight countered the good news with bad news as Dean Reynolds (son of the late ABC anchor Frank Reynolds) highlighted a poll taken before the fresh number was announced: “An ABC News poll this week found that 71 percent of Americans think the economy is still bad.” Yes, a poll taken before the GDP number…so how is it “still bad”? It makes it sound like the poll came after the good news.

Reynolds also warned: “So in places like Georgetown, South Carolina, where the local steel mill has cut 450 jobs since June, the talk of a 7.2 percent growth rate falls flat.” That’s how they earn the term “naysayer.”

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...


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