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08/27/2003 Entry: "Facts and Blitzer: Is there a connection?"

"BLITZER: At the same time your critics…are pointing to mismanagement on your point. They point out—and we’ll put some numbers up on the screen—that when you took office in 1998, there was more than a $4 billion surplus in the California, $4.4 billion California surplus, but there is now a $38 billion deficit. They say that’s extraordinary, extraordinary mismanagement that warrants your recall.

"DAVIS: First of all, there is no $38 billion deficit. I signed a budget a couple of weeks ago. It is balanced in the year we’re currently in. We do have an out-year problem of $8 billion. But we’ve made great progress going from $38 billion to $8 billion.

"Where in the world has Blitzer been? Should major journalists be conversant with even the most basic facts? As we’ve said, the California budget is still a mess, with questions about whether the state’s new borrowing will even hold up in court. But kids: Davis did 'sign a budget a couple of weeks ago.' Even after Krugman’s column, Blitzer didn’t seem to have heard.

"Of course, the major press corps doesn’t do windows—and it hates wasting time on the facts. Facts are boring—and so confining! Instead, the press corps likes to write profiles of stripper candidates, and it likes to interview Gary Coleman. Result: Basic facts are hard to come by in our journalistic culture."
Daily Howler, August 28, 2003

Christ, even I knew the gap was down to $8 billion. What a bunch of maroons.

 

 

 

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