Recognizing journalists who have accurately reported Nevada’s budget situation; UPDATED

Victor Joecks

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article showing how almost everyone in Nevada – elected officials, media members and citizens – has been incorrectly describing Nevada’s budget situation.

Read the article for more details, but basically my point is that Nevada’s widely reported $3 billion, 50 percent budget shortfall is a myth: Nevada’s projected budget deficit is $1.5 billion, or about 20 percent.

In the introduction of my article, I listed a handful of the many media outlets that had misrepresented Nevada’s budget situation. (Note: I don’t think most media members intentionally tried to mislead the public. They were either reporting the common narrative or the distortions of Andrew Clinger, the state budget director.)

Since the truth about Nevada’s budget situation is now readily available, I’d like to list the reporters who have either accurately described Nevada’s projected budget deficit or acknowledged that the $3 billion figure is disputed. They deserve praise. In the interest of accuracy, I hope the rest of Nevada’s journalists follow their examples.

I don’t agree with everything these reporters have written, not even in the articles listed above, but they need to be recognized for bucking the easy, widespread and false budget narrative and reporting on this issue with greater accuracy.

This list is probably – I hope – missing quite a few names. Know of any other journalists who deserve public recognition for being accurate? List their names and links to the articles in the comments and I’ll add them to the list.

Update: Added Steve Sebelius to the list.

Update (10/18/10): Added Ray Hagar to the list.

Update (10/22/10): Added Stephanie Carroll to the list.

Update (11/12/10): Added Reno Gazette-Journal editorial board to the list.

Also as Andrew Clinger has now publicly and clearly stated that the budget deficit is $1 billion, I’m going to stop updating this list. The truth is no longer hidden or confusing and reporting it should be the norm.

Congratulations and thanks to the journalists on this list for recognizing and reporting on this accurately before many others did.