Three recurring trends re economics and broadcast news:

1. An over-reliance on official sources skilled at spinning data to bolster politically motivated “consumer confidence”, and create impressions, not backed by fact.

2. A tendency to quote and rely on experts and luminaries with questionable track records and personal or ideological agendas.

3. A tendency to look at “progress” through the eyes of people in power or in powerful economic institutions with the assumption that if they do well, wealth/prosperity will trickle down into the lives of ordinary people.

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