HARPER: Media embrace Obama spin in sequester fight

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Reduced overtime pay may slow down airport security checkpoints. Can airport security really get any worse?

Colleges and universities may see fewer federal research grants. As a college professor, I think higher education will be able to scrape by.

Rather than focusing on the sky-is-falling meme, the media need to dig much deeper in the weeks ahead and eliminate the fear-mongering. Sequestration may not be the best approach to management of the federal government, but it is better than raising taxes and spending more money. Just take a look at the numbers.

• Christopher Harper is a professor of journalism at Temple University. He worked for AP, Newsweek, ABC News and “20/20” for more than 20 years. He can be contacted at charper@washingtontimes.com.

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