Time Editor: America Has 'Appetite for Big Government'

He may have a poll this time, but something still smells fishy.

Time magazine Managing Editor Richard Stengel told the hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on July 17 that "there's incredible despair out there and there's a sense that, that something needs to be done and people have kind of an appetite for big government in a way" in America.

Stengel was citing a new poll, but the interview did not discuss the fact that the poll also found 80 percent of respondents said they should be responsible for carrying their own financial burdens.

The poll was a joint effort of Time magazine and the Rockefeller Foundation, an organization Stengel characterized as "on a mission themselves to help the American worker and find out about the economy."

Could that be political?

"If you say that favors Barack Obama, maybe it does, I don't know," Stengel said.

There is an "appetite of the American electorate for the federal government to take action," Stengel said. "There's 85 or 88 percent of people support public works projects."

The interview touched on several aspects of the poll, including the finding that 85 percent of respondents believe the country is on the wrong track economically. That statistic is covered in the current issue of Time.

Stengel has a history of offering his own interpretation of what America needs.

The editor appeared on MSNBC April 17 advocating for a government led "cap-and-trade policy" and saying the United States needed to make a "massive effort" to fight climate change. He's also said people shouldn't look for objective journalism.

"But this notion that journalism is objective, or must be objective is something that has always bothered me - because the notion about objectivity is in some ways a fantasy," Stengel said. "I don't know that there is as such a thing as objectivity."

He later said as for journalistic ethics, "We sort of make it up as we go along and I think that is what will continue to happen."