AP 'Fact Check' Ignores Obama Stump Speech Claim of 'Slowest' Spending

May 27th, 2012 11:02 AM
At the Associated Press aka the Administration's Press on Saturday, Andrew Taylor's "Fact Check" item on President Obama's stump speech claim in Iowa on Thursday dove into the trees without first looking at the forest. Distracted by ridiculousaurus Rex Nutting's write-up earlier in the week at MarketWatch ("Obama spending binge never happened"), which…

AP's Evidence-Free Claim: Romney Will 'Have To' Cut Discretionary Spen

April 23rd, 2012 11:31 AM
In the campaign to ensure that anyone with a proposal to actually do something about the federal government's out-of-control spending gets demonized, while incumbent Barack Obama and his party go scot-free for proposing nothing beyond the autopilot, budget-free situation of the past three years, Andrew Taylor at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, went after Republican…

AP Headline on House's Unanimous Rejection of Obama Budget: 'GOP-run H

March 29th, 2012 12:44 PM
Every Congressman who voted on President Obama's budget on Wednesday voted against it -- every Democrat and every Republican. The headline writer for Andrew Taylor's related story at the Associated Press nonetheless felt it necessary to remind readers that Republicans have a majority in the House of Representatives, and only told readers that Dear Leader's budget was "easily…

AP Headline For CBO's Awful 10-Year Projections: 'Deficit to Dip to

January 31st, 2012 10:03 PM
Oh joy. Today at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, in response to the Congressional Budget Office's release today of an awful 10-year baseline outlook, Andrew Taylor made sure that his first paragraph was only about the projected "dip" in the fiscal 2012 deficit, and dedicated his second paragraph to the bad things that will happen if "the Bush tax…

AP's Taylor Relays Tired 'Extending Unemployment Benefits Stimulates t

November 20th, 2011 11:17 AM
The dictionary definition of "stimulate" relevant to a nation's economy is "to rouse to action or effort." We still have journalists who gullibly relay the notion that extending unemployment benefits and increasing entitlement programs will "rouse" the economy "to action of effort," despite almost three years of evidence that such is not the case.…

Despite 0.7% Average First-Half Growth, Press Not Questioning White Ho

September 1st, 2011 10:50 PM
Today, the White House's Office of Management and Budget published its Mid-Session Review (large PDF), an economic forecast projecting, among other things, that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for calendar 2011 will be 1.7%. That doesn't sound like much (and it isn't), but to get there growth will have to almost triple its most recently reported level during the second half of the year…

AP Report Interrupts Two-Sentence Boehner Statement With Seven Grafs o

July 9th, 2011 10:37 PM
Given the opportunity to directly relay the two sentences of House Speaker John Boehner's statement on the status of debt-ceiling and budget negotiations tonight, the Associated Press's Andrew Taylor and Jim Kuhnhenn, in their 9:29 p.m. report (saved here at my web host for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes) disgracefully cut the Speaker's statement off after its…

Taylor's Tall Tale: AP Reporter 'Forgets' At Least 19 Senate Dems Prai

May 26th, 2011 10:51 PM
In the course of a story ("Senate votes down controversial House budget") from all appearances designed to make House Republicans look like quixotic time-wasters while minimizing presidential embarrassment, the Associated Press's Andrew Taylor fabricated the following: GOP senators immediately forced a vote on President Barack Obama's February budget proposal, which…

Looking Back at Recent Federal Spending, AP's Andrew Taylor Only Count

February 14th, 2011 8:39 PM
It's going to be a long year for those of us who review Associated Press reports Uncle Sam's finances for evidence of bias and ignorance. Sometimes it seems that it would be easier to highlight the rare examples of fairness and balance. Take the first sentence of Andrew Taylor's report on President Obama's 2012 budget (please; that goes for his report and the budget). It, in…

AP's Taylor Ignores Suffering, Obsesses Over Unemployment Rate's Effec

January 30th, 2011 10:48 AM
On Wednesday, the Associated Press's Andrew Taylor covered the latest deficit projections released by the Congressional Budget Office. In his treatment of the predicted unemployment rate, Taylor betrayed no concern whatsoever about the plight of the millions of unemployed who are in that position largely because the Obama administration attempted to bring about an economic recovery…

After Four Years of Kid Gloves for Dems, AP Can't Even Wait a Day to T

January 6th, 2011 11:52 PM
Well, that didn't take long. AP reporters Calvin Woodward and Andrew Taylor answered the bell and came out swinging at the Republican House within hours after John Boehner was sworn in as Speaker, accusing the GOP of supposedly breaking a number of core promises. As usual when the wire service covers Republicans, there's no shortage of inconsistency bordering on hypocrisy coming…

AP's Taylor Tries To Minimize Impact of Impending 2011 Tax Increases

November 1st, 2010 6:14 PM
One of the more egregious results of the Democrat-controlled Congress skipping town without passing a budget, thus failing to address the issue of whether scheduled income tax increases will really go into effect for everyone, the highest income-earners, or no one at all, is that the Internal Revenue Service and employers have been left in the lurch with no idea of how to prepare for next year…

AP Word Games: 'Pork' and 'Earmarks' Transformed Into 'Local Projects

December 22nd, 2009 12:07 PM
In connection with the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending monstrosity signed into law last week, an unbylined AP report on December 16 told us the following (bolds are mine throughout this post): Most Republicans opposed the bill, citing runaway federal spending. They also pointed to an estimated $3.9 billion for more than 5,000 local projects sought by lawmakers from both parties. The AP writer…

We Wish: AP Report Falsely Claims National Debt Is 'Accumulation of An

November 15th, 2009 1:47 PM
In a report that is so riddled with bias and factual errors it's hard to know even where to begin, Associated Press Writers Tom Raum and Andrew Taylor yesterday gave making President Obama look like a born-again deficit hawk their best shot. The pair's work is partially saved here for fair use, discussion and in this case entertainment purposes. The biggest error Raum and Taylor made was…