Accuracy in Media

Amid the government shutdown, the Washington Post published a story headlined, “For the private sector, federal shutdown sows chaos, confusion and anxiety,” by Kimberly Kindy, Lisa Rein and Joel Achenbach.

Later in the day, the headline changed to “’Do we throw in the towel?’ Shutdown makes itself felt beyond federal agencies.”

The article featured companies that depend on federal money, employees who don’t know when they will get paid or now have to take a second job and big-picture analysis that a long-term shutdown would be disastrous for the economy.

“As the partial government shutdown enters Day 14, its effects are starting to cascade far beyond the hulking agency buildings in Washington. Private companies with federal contracts are coping with chaos, confusion and uncertainty, while businesses large and small that rely on the operations of the vast federal bureaucracy are starting to feel sand in their gears,” the Post wrote.

The Post also published, “Defying veto threat, House approves bills to reopen agencies and deny wall money,” by Erica Werner, Damian Paletta and Seung Min Kim.  The website also carried, “New Congress, same hold shutdown,” a tease for its Post Reports podcast, and a video entitled, “What is Trump’s shutdown endgame?” which never even offered a guess as to what Trump’s endgame might be.

The New York Times led with “McConnell Faces Pressure From Republicans to Stop Avoiding Shutdown Fight,” by Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Nicholas Fandos, which revealed that one Republican senator, Cory Gardner of Colorado, “broke ranks” with a call to end the shutdown with or without border funding.

It also carried “Government Shutdown Leaves Workers Reeling: ‘We Seem to Be Pawns,” by Campbell Robertson, Mitch Smith and Alan Blinder; “President Trump hasn’t publicly mentioned the 800,000 federal workers who aren’t being paid,” by Annie Karni; “As Shutdown Persists, New Congress Opens with Celebration and Uncertainty,” by Carl Hulse; and “Pelosi Rises to Speaker, Firing First Shot With Vote to Reopen Government,” by Julie Hirschfeld Davis.

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