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December 23, 2004

Why Oh Why Can't We Have a Better Press Corps? (Yet Another Washington Post Edition)

CJR Campaign Desk Reports:

CJR Campaign Desk: Archives: Speaking of investments, Josh Marshall and Mystery Pollster Mark Blumenthal caught ABC and the Washington Post misrepresenting the results of their poll on Social Security investment funds. Both the original and revised versions of the Post article report even support and opposition to a Social Security plan permitting private investments (specifically, 47 percent in favor to 46 percent against) when respondents are told that "the cost of the transition to a new program could reach $2 trillion over time."

As Marshall and Blumenthal both point out, this question was only asked of those 53 percent of respondents who said they favored private accounts earlier in the survey. Thus, in Marshall's words, "just under 25 percent of respondents support Bush's plan once they know the costs and an overwhelming 69 percent oppose it." Blumenthal looks deeper into the numbers and finds that, "Only 7 percent of Americans say they would invest 'all or most' of their Social Security funds in the stock market if it meant their retirement benefits would go up or down with the market."

John Harris, Dana Milbank, and Richard Morin need to publish and prominently distribute a correction as quickly as possible. Their professional reputations depend on it.

Posted by DeLong at December 23, 2004 12:14 PM


If they're really just bad journalists, why do they alway err on the same side?

Posted by: Felix Deutsch at December 23, 2004 12:41 PM

By the way, when will anybody get around to pointing out that THERE IS NO BUSH PLAN ??????

Bush has expicitly refused to propose any plan!!! He was asked about it and got angry that anyone would dare expect him to have a plan.

Unlike the Iraq war where there was a plan, although they decided not to follow it. This time, THERE IS NO PLAN AT ALL!

So how can anybody be in favor or against it?

Posted by: pragmatic_realist at December 23, 2004 01:40 PM

Social Security privatization really IS the "Iraqi War" solution of fiscal management. The journalist are even soiling themselves identically.

Posted by: Lee A. Arnold at December 23, 2004 02:56 PM