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Lost in Ohio

The lead news article on the front page of the Times is a dispatch from Youngstown, Ohio, about a statewide economic boom.

The article reports: "Ohio's unemployment rate in July was 5.7 percent, well below the national average of 6.1 percent." Reader-contributor-watchdog-participant-content co-creator-community member Colin points out that while 5.7 percent is below 6.1 percent, whether it is "well below" is a questionable judgment call. The Times could have avoided it by simply writing, "Ohio's employment rate in July was 5.7 percent; the rate for the nation as a whole was 6.1 percent." Or something like that. Times readers, most of them, are intelligent enough to know that 5.7 is less than 6.1 without the Times explaining it to them.


GDP Growth Culprit

A front-page New York Times article reports on "disappointing data" showing "surprisingly weak numbers" for GDP growth in the United States for the fourth quarter of 2012.

This is one of those areas where the Times is willing not only to tell you what the news is — but how you are supposed to feel about it, surprised and disappointed. Presumably there are at least a few people out there who were not surprised by the GDP number. And maybe there are people out there who are invested countercyclically who are rooting for slow growth.


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