The only people echo chambers tend to convince are the people trapped inside them.
This Morning Consult poll shows that 65% of American voters think that the country is in a recession, including 78% of Republicans, 65% of independents and 53% of Democrats.
The interesting thing about the Democrats is that they’re the only group that is now less likely to think that the economy is in a recession whereas every other group is more likely to believe it.
Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo recently touted the strength of the U.S. economy but warned that the public should not “be talking ourselves into a recession.”
They’re currently trying to talk themselves out of one. And since the only folks who believe their lies are the ones in the cult, they’re using censorship.
Meta’s third-party fact-checkers have flagged as “false information” posts on Instagram and Facebook accusing the Biden administration of changing the definition of a recession in order to deny that the U.S. economy has entered one. This is yet another reminder that the project of purportedly independent fact-checking on social media is a highly partisan one, in which legitimately debatable opinions are passed off as objective truth.
Graham Allen, an Instagram personality, posted a video reacting to the post in which he asked Siri to define the term recession. Siri’s definition: two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth.
But Allen’s video is currently obscured on Instagram; users can still watch it, but they first have to click past a disclaimer that it contains “false information reviewed by independent fact-checkers.” A similar label has appeared on some Facebook posts that also take issue with the Biden administration’s wordplay.
The fact-checker is Politifact, a fact-checking website run by the Poynter Institute. Politifact is an official third-party fact-checking apparatus for Meta, the company that owns Facebook and Instagram. This means that PolitiFact is not like any ordinary website that offers a critique of a political narrative: PolitiFact’s critiques are enforced by social media platforms.
In this instance, PolitiFact has rated as false the claim that “the White House is now trying to protect Joe Biden by changing the definition of the word recession.” PolitiFact acknowledges that the Biden administration’s efforts to spin current economic conditions as something other than a recession are political in nature. Nevertheless, the fact-checkers conclude that since the White House is citing the National Bureau of Economic Research’s official definition, the administration is on solid footing.
Or, as this editorial contends, “Is there a recession? Only the National Bureau of Economic Research gets to decide”.
Using the combination of expert gatekeeping and “disinformation” censorship by lefty activist fact checkers embedded within Big Tech monopolies is as tiresome as it is totalitarian.
And on the recession, it’s utterly futile.
Americans know we’re in a recession. They don’t care what the National Bureau of Economic Research “decides”. You don’t need an expert opinion when you can see the impact.
The group within the NBER that actually makes the call on the recession is the Business Cycle Dating Committee. It has eight members,… Robert Hall of Stanford, Robert Gordon of Northwestern, James Poterba of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Valerie Ramey of the University of California-San Diego, Christina Romer of UC-Berkeley, David Romer of UC-Berkeley, James Stock of Harvard and Mark Watson of Princeton.
Christina Romer served as chairwoman of the council of economic advisers under President Obama
I can’t imagine what her take will be.
After her nomination and before the Obama administration took office, Romer worked with economist Jared Bernstein to co-author the administration’s plan for recovery from the 2008 recession.
If a Democrat lackey says it’s not a recession, Democrat fact-checkers and companies will censor you for saying so is political censorship and it’s futile.
The harder they lie, the fewer Americans believe them anymore.