Fox News' America's Newsroom kicked off their broadcast this morning with some breaking news -- the GDP grew at an annual rate of 5.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009. Good news, to be sure. But, the president being a Democrat and this being Fox News, they had to immediately give you the bad news -- we're in debt!
When the promised report with Stuart Varney came along, co-host Martha MacCallum kicked it off thusly: “We just brought you those GDP numbers -- what if we told you that in just ten years, our country's debt would total 90 percent of the nation's GDP?” Well, that would certainly keep me from dwelling on that positive economic news you so brusquely cast aside.
And, sure enough, the ensuing segment with Varney was all about the latest debt projections from the Congressional Budget Office (an outfit with which the network has something of a love/hate relationship):
None of this is to say that the nation's debt isn't a serious problem worthy of mention by news personalities, but it's absurd that Fox News' position on this is essentially: “Good economic news? Whatever -- WE'RE ALL IN DEBT AND WE'RE GOING TO DIE!!!”