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Friday, February 6, 2009
Newsmax Headline Watch
Topic: Newsmax

The headline the Associated Press put on a Feb. 5 article: "Obama orders energy-efficient standards."

Newsmax's headline on the same article: "Obama Orders Costly Energy Standards on Appliances."

The article, however, mentions nothing about the alleged cost of the standards, making Newsmax's assertion that the standards are "costly" completely baseless. Further, the article points out that Obama is not ordering new standards, just that previously established standards be followed:

Laws on the books already require new efficiency standards for household and commercial appliances. But they have been backlogged in a tangle of missed deadlines, bureaucratic disputes and litigation. In essence, Obama's intent is to say that legal deadlines must be met, with priority being given to those standards that are likely to yield the best pocketbook savings for consumers.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:30 PM EST
Updated: Friday, February 6, 2009 12:32 PM EST

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