“Jobless Rate Rises to 9.8% In Blow to Recovery Hopes” (TIMES, 12/4/10)

          “This (a Labor Department report) highlights that the recovery is fragile” is more doubletalk. A “fragile recovery” is not a recovery. “All the news that’s fit to print” implies the use of straight talk, even in the use of quotations.

          If a quote constitutes an oxymoron, the TIMES writer has to point that out. A word like fragile cannot modify a word like recovery.

          Therefore, this article misleads people. In fact, it is doubtful that the U.S. economy is recovering. In a genuine recovery, the unemployment rate should decline. Since that is not happening,  recovery is not an accurate depiction of the actual economic situation.


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