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I’m pleased to report that my views have been presented three times in important news outlets in recent weeks.
Yesterday, Los Angeles Times business columnist Michael Hiltzik cited some of my research findings and perspectives in this essay on the economic policy differences between President Trump and his Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Hiltzik’s piece, incidentally, reveals a great deal about how many journalists – including opinion journalists – work, at least in my experience. He’s a clear Never Trumper, and so would need a lot of convincing to reach the conclusion that the President has done a commendable job of keeping his campaign promises to his working class supporters. (For the record, there’s nothing wrong with that, since everyone has his or her particular slant on life, everyone has every right to them, and Hiltzik is in the opinion business.)
Hiltzik did take the time to consult with someone like me, who does give Mr. Trump solid marks in this respect. And during our conversation, he was genuinely interested in what I discovered when I looked at recent income trends in “Trump flip counties” – those that voted for Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012, and then backed the President in 2016. (I know the interest was genuine because he questioned me at length on the subject.)
All the same, if you read the entire column, you’ll see that he pooh-poohed Trump achievements like outdoing the Obama administration record on manufacturing job creation, and placed lots of weight on the findings of folks at the Brookings Institution, a mainstream establishment (and therefore pretty Never Trump-y) think tank, even when the opinions they expressed to him were flat wrong. (In particular, there is no set of official data showing that U.S. after-inflation manufacturing output was “higher than it has ever been” right after the 2016 election.)
On balance, though, since my perspectives, however on target or not, are definitely minority perspectives, Hiltzik deserves praise for paying some attention to them.
The second and third instances were IndustryToday.com‘s re-publication of RealityChek posts on the latest government data on the (still-robust) recovery of U.S. manufacturing production, and on evidence that the President’s tariff-centric trade policies have performed effectively during the CCP Virus period in shielding domestic American manufacturing from predatory Chinese trade practices.
And keep checking in with RealityChek for news of upcoming media appearances and other developments.