consumer http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/4805/all en USA Today: Fewer Economists Expect Recession http://www.mrc.org/articles/usa-today-fewer-economists-expect-recession <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/jeff-poor">Jeff Poor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p >     Labeling the current economic situation a “recession” has been premature, but common among the media, in recent months. But a new poll shows more and more economists are predicting recession will be averted.</p> <br /> <p >     An article by John Waggoner and Barbara Hansen <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2008-07-29-recession-economists-survey_N.htm" />in USA Today</a> July 30 revealed the tide is turning against the notion of a recession, with economists split on whether the U.S. economy is currently in a recession.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/usa-today-fewer-economists-expect-recession" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Economy consumer Credit crisis crunch Depression economist economists Foreclosure home House housing money news Poll Recession saving Spending Wed, 30 Jul 2008 17:36:15 +0000 admin 26015 at http://www.mrc.org ABC Goes After Online Businesses for 'Hidden Fees' http://www.mrc.org/articles/abc-goes-after-online-businesses-hidden-fees <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kelly-brown">Kelly Brown</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Online shoppers aren’t smart enough to avoid giving away their credit card information to pop-up ads, at least according to ABC’s “Good Morning America.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “Some pop-ups on your computer can lead to unwanted credit card charges that go on month after month,” correspondent Elisabeth Leamy reported July 11, criticizing what she called “deceptive marketing practices.”</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/abc-goes-after-online-businesses-hidden-fees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business ad BetterBusinessBureau charge consumer creditcard fee fees hidden online popup protection shopper shopping Fri, 11 Jul 2008 20:39:12 +0000 admin 26056 at http://www.mrc.org Lou Dobbs: Bush Should Be Impeached for Salmonella Outbreak http://www.mrc.org/articles/lou-dobbs-bush-should-be-impeached-salmonella-outbreak <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/jeff-poor">Jeff Poor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; CNN’s Lou Dobbs has been on a tear about the recent tainted-tomato salmonella outbreak, but this time he’s taken it a step further and is calling for the ultimate political punishment.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/lou-dobbs-bush-should-be-impeached-salmonella-outbreak" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Health bush CDC consumer disease FDA Food impeach leadership LouDobbs outbreak produce rant safety salmonella tirade tomato war warning Fri, 20 Jun 2008 16:47:50 +0000 admin 26097 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Reports Highest End of Food Costs to Emphasize Food Inflation http://www.mrc.org/articles/cbs-reports-highest-end-food-costs-emphasize-food-inflation <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/jeff-poor">Jeff Poor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; With food inflation growing at an ever-increasing rate, things may be bad. But they aren’t as bad as the “CBS Evening News” made them seem.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Even with the economy at a slow rate of growth, consumer spending has increased. But don’t be fooled, warned anchor Katie Couric. It’s food inflation taking its toll on the consumer.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/cbs-reports-highest-end-food-costs-emphasize-food-inflation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Economy buy consumer Food gas grocery increase inflation price Recession up Fri, 02 May 2008 20:55:19 +0000 admin 26206 at http://www.mrc.org Couric: 'Incredible Shrinking Rebate' May Not Be Enough http://www.mrc.org/articles/couric-incredible-shrinking-rebate-may-not-be-enough <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/jeff-poor">Jeff Poor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p >     After <a href="http://businessandmedia.org/printer/2008/20080118170108.aspx" />lobbying hard for the government to intervene</a> in an economic slowdown, some in the media are now questioning whether the federal economic stimulus package is enough.</p> <br /> <p >     “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric warned viewers on April 28 the rebate checks “may not do all that much” because of inflation concerns.   </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/couric-incredible-shrinking-rebate-may-not-be-enough" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business Economy check consumer couric Credit crisis crunch debt mail package rebate Recession save Slowdown spend Stimulus Tue, 29 Apr 2008 16:54:02 +0000 admin 26217 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Report Zero Upside to Delta/Northwest Merger http://www.mrc.org/articles/networks-report-zero-upside-deltanorthwest-merger <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/jeff-poor">Jeff Poor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The big bad scary airline merger – it’s the way the media have portrayed the announced merger between Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Each of the three networks gave little or no upside to this merger. The worst offender was ABC’s April 14 “World News with Charles Gibson.”&nbsp; </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/networks-report-zero-upside-deltanorthwest-merger" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business airlines airport cities consumer customer Delta flight fly hub merger Northwest Plane Tue, 15 Apr 2008 16:55:20 +0000 admin 26243 at http://www.mrc.org Caps and Trade-offs: Presidential Candidates Embrace Massive Penalties for Emissions http://www.mrc.org/commentary/caps-and-trade-offs-presidential-candidates-embrace-massive-penalties-emissions <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/brianna-cardiff-and-will-collins-special-bmi">Brianna Cardiff and Will Collins, Special to BMI</a> </div> </div> </div> <p >     The 2008 campaign season features sharp disagreements among the leading presidential aspirants from both parties. Climate change, however, seems to be the exception that proves the rule, as all three frontrunners have embraced broadly similar policy prescriptions that would supposedly combat global warming. </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/commentary/caps-and-trade-offs-presidential-candidates-embrace-massive-penalties-emissions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary MRC Business business cap carbon CarbonDioxide clinton CO2 company consumer election emissions energy legislation mccain obama policy Pollution president race tax trade Wed, 05 Mar 2008 17:53:29 +0000 admin 29735 at http://www.mrc.org Caps and Trade-offs: Presidential Candidates and Climate Change http://www.mrc.org/articles/caps-and-trade-offs-presidential-candidates-and-climate-change <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/brianna-cardiff-and-will-collins-special-bmi">Brianna Cardiff and Will Collins, Special to BMI</a> </div> </div> </div> <p >     The 2008 campaign season features sharp disagreements among the leading presidential aspirants from both parties. Climate change, however, seems to be the exception that proves the rule, as all three frontrunners have embraced broadly similar policy prescriptions that would supposedly combat global warming. </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/caps-and-trade-offs-presidential-candidates-and-climate-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business Trade cap carbon CarbonDioxide ClimateChange CO2 company consumer election emissions GlobalWarming Pollution president race tax Wed, 05 Mar 2008 17:23:02 +0000 admin 26330 at http://www.mrc.org Dobbs Rants About Product Safety Chief's Comments http://www.mrc.org/articles/dobbs-rants-about-product-safety-chiefs-comments <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/jeff-poor">Jeff Poor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Government actively involved in matters of trade is the path to prosperity in the eyes of CNN’s Lou Dobbs.&nbsp; And when government bureaucrats fail to act in a way Dobbs sees fit, he pitches a fit.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dobbs outburst followed a segment about toys by CNN correspondent Christine Romans on the February 18 “Lou Dobbs Tonight.” Romans interviewed Nancy Nord, chairman of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, but Dobbs wasn’t pleased with her remarks.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/dobbs-rants-about-product-safety-chiefs-comments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Trade CNN consumer LouDobbs safety toys Tue, 19 Feb 2008 18:58:07 +0000 admin 26367 at http://www.mrc.org Consumer Confidence: Only News When It's Low(er) http://www.mrc.org/balance-sheet/consumer-confidence-only-news-when-its-lower <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/bmi-staff">BMI Staff</a> </div> </div> </div> <br /> <b> <a href="http://www.businessandmedia.org/articles/2008/20080213140829.aspx" /> Consumer Confidence: Only News When It's     Low(er)</a></b><br /> <br /> The media love to talk about the governments measure of consumer opinion about the economy but only when its terribly low, according to their reports. When it hits highs, broadcast viewers dont hear about it. Just how low or high is the index right now? BMI puts it all in context. <br /> <p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/balance-sheet/consumer-confidence-only-news-when-its-lower" target="_blank">read more</a></p> The Balance Sheet MRC Business consumer employing Wed, 13 Feb 2008 19:00:00 +0000 admin 29424 at http://www.mrc.org Behar Blames Restaurants for Obesity, Declares People 'Victims' of Eating http://www.mrc.org/articles/behar-blames-restaurants-obesity-declares-people-victims-eating <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/nathan-burchfiel">Nathan Burchfiel</a> </div> </div> </div> <p >     Restaurants that serve unhealthy food – not the consumers who choose to eat it – are to blame for an obesity epidemic in the United States, according to Joy Behar, a co-host of ABC’s popular daytime talk show “The View.”</p> <br /> <p >     “Those companies export their bad food all over the world,” Behar said February 4 during a discussion of <a href="http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2008/pdf/history/HB/HB0282.xml" />a Mississippi proposal</a> to prevent restaurants from serving obese customers. “Why aren’t they being called to task instead of the victims of this type of eating?”</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/behar-blames-restaurants-obesity-declares-people-victims-eating" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business Health consumer diners eat fat Food JoyBehar law Mississippi obese obesity people Regulation restaurant unhealthy View Mon, 04 Feb 2008 21:32:18 +0000 admin 26395 at http://www.mrc.org Networks: Low Women's Clothing Sales Foreshadow 'Nightmare' http://www.mrc.org/articles/networks-low-womens-clothing-sales-foreshadow-nightmare <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/nathan-burchfiel">Nathan Burchfiel</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Before you start getting some crazy idea about the holiday shopping season being on a positive track, tune into the network news for a reminder that the sales figures present an “ominous” sign.</p> <p><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Why? Because sales of women’s clothing are down 6 percent. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/networks-low-womens-clothing-sales-foreshadow-nightmare" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Economy apparel Bianna Golodryga Christmas Clothes clothing consumer credit card figures holiday Mastercard numbers retail sales shop shopping Spending women's Tue, 18 Dec 2007 17:31:08 +0000 admin 25184 at http://www.mrc.org The Medias Top 10 Economic Myths of 2007: Executive Summary http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/medias-top-10-economic-myths-2007-executive-summary <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/dan-gainor">Dan Gainor</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="field-label-inline"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bmi/mediamyths/2007/The_Medias_Top__Economic_Myths_of_.html">See Full Report</a></p> <p><strong> </strong></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/medias-top-10-economic-myths-2007-executive-summary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Myths MRC Business airlines care consumer dont economy global government green health losing market myth run Spending stock warming Thu, 06 Dec 2007 23:50:00 +0000 admin 30113 at http://www.mrc.org The Medias Top 10 Economic Myths of 2007 http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/medias-top-10-economic-myths-2007 <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/bmi-staff">BMI Staff</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bmi/mediamyths/2007/The_Medias_Top__Economic_Myths_of__Executive_Summary.html">See Executive Summary</a></strong></p> <br /> <p><strong> </strong></p> <br /> <p><strong>10. Airlines are solely to blame for the unfriendly skies. <br /></strong><strong><em>Media myth</em>: Blame the airlines for all those flight delays; never mind the obsolete government-run agency creating the gridlock.</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-myths/medias-top-10-economic-myths-2007" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Myths MRC Business 100 1987 2007 abc airline airlines american Americans anchor atc august big billion blame borrowers burnett business businesses businessweek buy carbon care case cbs Children Christmas climate companies condo consumer consumers cost coverage crash credits day debt december Decline delays dont eat economic economists economy emissions environmental evening experts FAA financial flight Food foods Foreclosure Foreclosures found gas global good government green growth health high home housing included including increase institute insurance investors isnt journal Journalists june line made Magazine make making market million money months Moore mortgage myth national NBC nbcs news nightly november number numbers october oil people percent price prices program ramsey rate rates Recession record Reporters reports responsibility result sales season show Spending stock stocks stories street strong summer system tax things Today told total truth uninsured wall warming warned warning Whelan Wolfram word world worried wrote year years Thu, 06 Dec 2007 23:21:00 +0000 admin 30114 at http://www.mrc.org Bad Company III http://www.mrc.org/special-reports/bad-company-iii <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/amy-menefee">Amy Menefee</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Businessmen are in every city and town in America.</p> <p> They make the tractors that harvest your food, the jewelry you wear and the electricity that makes our society run. They sell vegetables at your farmers' market and help you get connected to the World Wide Web. They give heart surgeons a place to work and kids a place to play after school.</p> <p> And whether you work for one of them, a non-profit, or the government, they pay for your job.</p> <p> What do they earn for all of their hard work? Abuse.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/special-reports/bad-company-iii" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Special Reports MRC Business 100 2005 2006 2007 abc abcs accused AIDS america american Americans april Arts average bad ballmer berresford big bill billion billions bmi brian broadcast buffett business businesses businessman businessmen case cbs cbss centers CEO CEOs charitable charity CNN collapse companies company comparison consumer consumers corporate coverage criminal criminals david defense didnt diversity Dobbs donating Donors dont economist education Enron evening executive explained fact fat foundation foundations Fox free freedom gas Gates generous gift giving global Goliath good greed half historic included industry jobs Journalists list Lou made make makes market melinda mentioned Microsoft million Mine money NBC negative networks news oil pay people percent philanthropists philanthropy portrayals portrayed positive president Press price prices private profit profits public ratio report reporter research rich run Shareholders showed shows small started stories story study sylvester tied tonight top universities viewpoint warming wasnt williams Women words work worker workers world worldcom wrote year years Wed, 26 Sep 2007 21:02:00 +0000 admin 30565 at http://www.mrc.org