The Washington Post's Gleeful Hot Take on the Crashing Economy Gets the Thrashing It Deserves

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FILE – In this file photograph taken Nov. 1, 2007, the masthead of The Washington Post is displayed on the office building, in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

It’s difficult to keep up with all the bad mainstream media hot takes out there right now due to the sheer volume of them.

But one that caught the attention of social media users earlier today was an especially awful one from the Washington Post, where they promoted a piece they wrote on the economy’s performance since governments at the local, state, and national levels ramped up their efforts to combat the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

Here was the tweet:

I’ve seen a lot of super-bad hot takes over my years of covering and analyzing the media, but this one ranks right up there in the top ten worst.

I mean, millions of people are out of work because of restrictions put in place for non-essential workers in an effort to get people to do better at “social distancing.” Businesses have had to shut their doors, some of them permanently. Even with the stimulus package, some of the ones that are still open (but barely so) will continue to struggle until restrictions are eased and more people can get back to work.

But yeah, this whole thing proves the economy was “not as strong as it seemed” or whatever, Washington Post.

There were a whole lot of instant fact checks (and quite a bit of mockery) after that tweet went out:

Twitchy documented more reactions here.

I read someone use the nickname “Washington Compost” recently in response to some of the paper’s recent coverage. All things considered, that sounds about right.

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