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Two Cheers for Fox News Channel

Competition
David Henderson
Fox News Channel's decision to fire Bill O'Reilly caused me to reread a piece I wrote about Fox back in 2004. Were I to grade Fox, now, independent of O'Reilly, I would give them 1.5 cheers. An excerpt: Back to... MORE

Scott Alexander Calls Out the New York Times

Media Watch
David Henderson
Normally, Scott Alexander writes very long posts. This one is very short and well worth reading. His bottom line: The correct way to report on this graph is "About twice as many economists believe a voucher system would improve education... MORE

Reflections on my Latest RT Appearance

Media Watch
David Henderson
As I noted in yesterday's post, there's always an issue of the bias of the news network on which one appears, and one is right to be skeptical. The fact that RT is funded by the Russian government ought to... MORE

The New York Times Overpaid

Taxation
David Henderson
The New York Times, which apparently broke the law by publishing some of Donald Trump's 1995 tax return, overpaid a tax accountant. Here's the relevant NYT statement in a news report by NTY reporters David Barstow, Susanne Craig, Russ Buettner,... MORE

Using "not entirely" in this case is like saying Rocky was "not entirely" about loan collections. On a blog called EconLog, I generally stick to economics. But occasionally I make an exception to deal with other issues. One is media... MORE

Power corrupts...

Economic Education
Amy Willis
I remain troubled by much of the rhetoric in this US election season... The vitriol often seems to exclude economics. Fortunately, our own Scott Sumner has done some analysis. Here's his take on the economic prospects of a Clinton or... MORE

In this rather entertaining video, Boris Johnson is taken to task for some of his rather flamboyant past witticisms. Johnson, now Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom since Theresa May ascended to the prime minister's office, is a writer and... MORE

The Left, Greece, and The Big Lie

Alternative Economics
Scott Sumner
Scott Alexander recently pointed to the appalling record of the left-leaning media on economic policy: Venezuela is collapsing, with the New York Times describing it as "uncharted territory" for a semi-developed country to be so deep in economic disaster that... MORE

Margaret Sullivan's Hilarious Piece on Trump

Media Watch
David Henderson
How should the media cover the presidential candidates over the next five months? So asks Margaret Sullivan, media columnist for the Washington Post, in a piece titled "Yes, the media should cover Trump fairly -- but even better, hold him... MORE

Values are Subjective

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
David Henderson
As I've often mentioned on this blog, at the start of every course I teach, I cover The Ten Pillars of Economic Wisdom. I tell my students that the 3rd pillar tends to be the hardest one for people to... MORE

Krugman's Clever Misdirection on King versus Burwell

Economics of Health Care
David Henderson
Paul Krugman is clever. In a post, "Most of the Way with Obamacare," about the effects of Obamacare on the number of people with health insurance, he sneaks in two claims as if they are obvious and noncontroversial. The first... MORE

Politi-Obfuscate

Taxation
David Henderson
Bill Gates stated yesterday: The highest economic growth decade was the 1960s. Income tax rates were 90 percent. He stated this on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS. Politifact's Punditfact decided to check the truth of Gates's statement. To their credit, they... MORE

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