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Friday, January 13, 2006


White House bamboozle on deficits is a routine

The Columbia Journalism Review Daily lauds Washington Post reporter Jonathan Weisman for being alert to the tactics of the White House in dealing with deficit numbers.

The White House summons reporters in early when it is ready to give out its economic figures, Weisman notes. This year among the rosy economic figures, it predicted a record deficit of $400 billion.

Weisman noted that the White House makes a practice of inflating its deficit prediction. When the actual figures come in a bit lower, the White House takes credit for managing the economy well, even though the actual figures may be in the record category.

It's all part of the new Orwellian rag.

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