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More Mind Reading at the Washington Post

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I wonder if the Washington Post lists mind reading abilities as requirement for its economic reporters. They so often feel the need to do it. The latest is a piece about the response of Republicans in Congress to President Biden’s proposed rescue package. At one point the piece tells us: “But when Biden’s relief plan rang in at nearly trillion this month, and included liberal priorities like an increase in the federal minimum wage to an hour, some Republicans saw it as a sign that Biden wasn’t really serious about getting their support.” Really, the Washington Post knows how Republicans “saw” the relief package? While all politicians stretch the truth to some extent, in recent years Republicans have made a point of saying things that are, at best, orthogonal to the truth. I’m sure

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I wonder if the Washington Post lists mind reading abilities as requirement for its economic reporters. They so often feel the need to do it.

The latest is a piece about the response of Republicans in Congress to President Biden’s proposed rescue package. At one point the piece tells us:

“But when Biden’s relief plan rang in at nearly $2 trillion this month, and included liberal priorities like an increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, some Republicans saw it as a sign that Biden wasn’t really serious about getting their support.”

Really, the Washington Post knows how Republicans “saw” the relief package? While all politicians stretch the truth to some extent, in recent years Republicans have made a point of saying things that are, at best, orthogonal to the truth. I’m sure many Republicans in Congress have complained that the rescue package cannot be seen as an effort to get bipartisan cooperation, it would require some serious mind reading to know that this is how they actually see the package.

It’s a good thing that the Washington Post’s reporters have skills in this area.

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