#NPR Watch – Amateur Hour in The “News” – (11/17/14)

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I was listening to National Public Radio this morning on the way to work. They do a feature called “MarketPlace” that purports to tell us all about things economic around the world.

This morning, NPR did a very brief feature on Japan, where apparently a tax hike was not actually contributing to greater Japanese economic health. Just like virtually all tax hikes these days.

It’s one little, teeny, tiny, eentsy-weentsy phrase that I want to focus on for the moment. The last phrase the “reporter” used — the one he wants everyone to remember most — was, in as close to a direct quote as I can get: “Some companies used the tax hike as an excuse to raise their prices.”

The reporter’s tone of voice for this brief finishing phrase was scornful, as if it was just completely obvious that companies shouldn’t pass greater costs along…

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