Jon Meacham, an executive editor at Random House was born in 1969, the same year my youngest was born in New Hampshire. Perhaps that was the year of honest people. Certainly, my son is honest. And Jon Meacham speaks like an honest man, as well. Why else would he say:
“It seems to me as a layman that that [the crisis of 2008 and 2009] did not produce the kind of sense of ‘we need to put our house in order, we need to talk more about sacrifice, we need to look at the long-term,’ and my personal analysis is the reason is unemployment did not reach a high enough rate.” — Jon Meacham, 2010
as reported in an essay on journalists participating in Pete Peterson Fiscal Summits? Surely it wasn’t just to butter up his hosts.
The whole essay by Kevin C. Brown is well worth reading and while readers are invited to request permission to reprint, I do think Remapping Debate deserves a visit.
But, just to whet your appetite, see who’s been participating in, mostly, spreading the Peterson agenda:
Journalists working at Peterson
Fiscal Summits, 2010-2012
Maria Bartiromo, 2011 (host, CNBC’s “Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo”)
Tom Brokaw, 2012 (former anchor and managing editor, NBC Nightly News)
Erin Burnett, 2012 (host of CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront”)
John F. Harris, 2012 (editor-in-chief of Politico)
Gwen Ifill, 2011, 2010 (senior correspondent of “PBS NewsHour”)
Ezra Klein, 2011 (columnist, Washington Post)
Jon Meacham, 2010 (former editor-in-chief, Newsweek)
Bob Schieffer, 2010 (host, CBS “Face the Nation”)
Lesley Stahl, 2010 (reporter, CBS “60 Minutes”)
George Stephanopoulos, 2012 (host, ABC’s “This Week”)
David Wessel, 2012, 2011 (economics editor, Wall Street Journal)
George Will, 2011 (columnist, Washington Post)
Judy Woodruff, 2012, 2011 (host, “PBS NewsHour”), who asked Rep. Christopher Van Hollen, Jr. (D-Md.) if “Democrats like you, by participating in forums like this one that is all focused on austerity, on cutting the deficit and the debt…really become also window dressing for a conservative agenda that is anti-jobs and anti-recovery and wrongheaded economics?”
Right. Blame the Democrats.
The marvel is that all this propaganda hasn’t worked. Perhaps the lie is not undone by the truth, but by reality.