Receding From the Facts

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Thesis: we’re entering recession, but the Biden administration disagrees. For political reasons. May we discuss? Sure, here in Common Sense. (We’ve yet to censor or flag ourselves.) Big Tech social media is a different story. Loath to preside over an officially designated recession, the Biden administration suggests that when you look at all the data in just the right light, it’s ‘unlikely that the decline in GDP in the first quarter of this year — even if followed by another GDP decline in the second quarter — indicates a recession.’ … On Instagram, poster Graham Allen cheekily asked Siri how we know it’s a recession. Her reply: ‘two consecutive quarters of negative growth.’ Not a sacrosanct indicator, but standard. Enter the Guardians of Discourse. Meta (which owns Facebook and Instagram) has flagged Allen’s post as ‘false information’ and in some cases prevented viewers from seeing it.” (08/03/22)