The Five Percent Solution

MediaMatters takes a look and finds that only five percent of guests brought on cable to talk about the stimulus package were economists.

Now of course there are plenty of aspects to the stimulus debate that aren’t really about economics. But it’s been striking to me watching things how often you’ll have what amounted to an anchor talking to a political reporter about a substantive policy question neither of them understood. Or, odder still, a “Democratic strategist” and a “Republican strategist” debating the merits of alternate approaches.