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Monday, November 19, 2012
CNS' Starr Misleads on Government Regulations

Penny Starr writes in a Nov. 9 article:

It’s Friday morning, and so far today, the Obama administration has posted 165 new regulations and notifications on its website.

In the past 90 days, it has posted 6,125 regulations and notices – an average of 68 a day.

But Starr is falsely conflating notifications with regulations. For instance, one recent notification is an announcement of a meeting by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts -- clearly not a "regulation." And as Starr herself concedes, the "regulations" are often just proposed regulations and requests for comment on them.

But because the website conveniently posts statistics on its website, Starr got a story out of some lazy reporting -- and, judging by the number of comments, it also served as irresistable Drudge link-bait. There's no evidence Starr lifted a finger to make the effort to separate actual regulations from proposals and notifications.

Talk about lazy. But Drudge seems to have linked to it, so it doesn't matter how true it is, right?

Posted by Terry K. at 4:18 PM EST

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