Michael Grunwald Compares Stimulus Coverage To Pre-Iraq War Media ‘Groupthink’

After two years reporting on President Barack Obama’s nearly $800 billion stimulus package, a piece of legislation long derided by Republicans and barely discussed now by Democrats, Time senior national correspondent Michael Grunwald concludes in a new book that the conventional wisdom in Washington political and media circles is all wrong.

In The New New Deal, Grunwald argues that the 2009 stimulus package — officially the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — produced meaningful, if hidden, change in areas like clean energy, education reform, health care, and transportation, while also helping to save the free-falling U.S. economy. While likening the Recovery Act to FDR-era reforms, he writes that the “impact has been less obvious than the original New Deal’s, but it’s just as real.”

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