Hal Morris, writing on his Grumpy Editor blog, wonders why an Associated Press story about the nation’s economy has a 44-year-old woman from a small California town being the one to claim that we’re in a recession.
Morris wrote, “In an Associated Press story released Sunday with a lead touching on empty homes and for-sale signs, lost jobs and nest eggs taking a hit, a Washington-based economics writerâ€™s second paragraph asked:Â Could the country be in a recession?
Three paragraphs down, came the answer via the first person quoted:Â â€œAbsolutely, weâ€™re in a recession.â€?
Was that conclusion reached by (select one):
A — An economics professor from Harvard.
B — An executive with a Wall Street investment firm.
C — A hedge fund manager.
D — A spokesman for Fed chairman Ben Bernanke.
E — None of the above.
“The definitive word came from Hilda Sanchez of Waterford, Calif., population 9,000, in Californiaâ€™s central valley, 2,283 miles from Washington, D.C.Â There was no further identification of the woman other than her age, 44.”
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