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Sunday, December 2, 2012
NewsBusters Repeats Bogus Regulations-Per-Day Claim
Topic: NewsBusters

In a Nov. 26 NewsBusters post criticizing coverage of President Obama buying books in support of Small Business Saturday, Matt Vespa reports that "according to Penny Starr at, this administration proposed 6,125 new regulations, an average of 68 per day, in the last 90 days from November 9."

In fact, as we detailed, many of those "regulations" Starr cited aren't regulations at all -- they are requests for comment on proposed regulations or meeting notices. Starr's article was nothing more than lazily reported agitprop -- all she did is copy a counter on a federal website and didn't bother to separate actual regulations from proposals and meeting notices -- designed to get a link on Drudge.

Vespa goes on to write that Obama "proposed an additional 6,125 [regulations] on the backs of businesses, especially coal." Vespa offers no evidence whatsoever to back up this claim, and Starr's article made no mention of coal.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:06 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, December 2, 2012 8:39 PM EST

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