Yesterday, White House spokesmouth Jay Carney made yet another claim concerning how grrrrrrreat the economy is compared when President Barack Obama took office (bold is mine):
The economy is vastly improved from what it was when Barack Obama was sworn into office as president.
To no one's surprise, this howler was not considered news at the Associated Press. No article found in a search at the AP's main site on Carney's last name refers to the above quote.
To be "vastly improved," the economy's numbers have to be irrefutably better than they were 29 months ago.
Carney's unexcerpted claim that the economy was in free-fall at the end of 2008 is also questionable. The better characterization is that the economy was showing very early signs of recovery in December of 2008 until the heavyhanded goverment stimulus, auto company takeovers, and their accompanying lawlessness permanently (or at least for as long as this administration is around) established what I have called the Fear-Based Economy. As long as entrepreneurs, businesspeople and investors operate out of fright instead of a desire to capitalize on opportunities, we're not going to see "vast improvements."
The only thing which is "vastly improved" in this economy is the government's regulatory grip on it.
If such a statement such as Carney's in similar circumstances were made by a spokesman for a Republican or conservative administration, the Associated Press would be obsessed with it, and the establishment media's broadcast outlets would be making it their lead stories.
Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.com.