Financial Journalists Fail Upward

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    Posted: 18 March 2009 08:40 AM

    This may be a good read;

    Financial Journalists Fail Upward

    If the world of financial infotainment can itself be described as a “market,” it is a market where accountability does not seem to exist, where the heaviest of incentives seems to carry no weight, and where consumers, to judge by what they get, seem constantly to choose the lousy over the good. The old order discredits itself, but the old order persists nevertheless.


    The occasion was the 50th anniversary of the publication of Friedrich Hayek’s “The Road to Serfdom.” As he looked around him, Friedman marveled at the world’s perverse refusal to learn certain lessons, even when history itself drove them home. Everyone had by then learned that government was too large, he said, but countries kept on growing government anyway.