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May 17, 2011


Media Fuels Deficit Debate

A National Journal study of the frequency with which major U.S. newspapers use the words "unemployment" and "deficit" in headlines and first sentences "portrays a dramatically shifting landscape of coverage over the past two years, as the debate over how to fix the federal deficit has risen to prominence and the question of how to handle still-high unemployment has faded from the media's consciousness."

"More likely, the broadening gap demonstrates just how effective conservatives have been at changing the narrative of economic policy from one dominated by talk of fiscal stimulus to one now in lockstep with notions of fiscal austerity... The declining mentions of unemployment are perhaps more surprising, as the issue remains salient for millions of Americans."














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