Example From "Chart:Who REally Built That Debt?"

This example of how radio can be extended to online graphical journalism comes from September of 2012, in the wake of the Republican National Convention. As the GOP focused on debt during their convention, they conveniently left out who was responsible for that debt. Thankfully,The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Ezra Klein created and featured an initial chart that diagramed the causes of the U.S. debt. However, that chart did not point out who was responsible for each slice of the debt. So Shawn created this chart, which the Randi Rhodes Show used in live segments, derived from the CBPP and Klein's work, which explained who really was responsible for each chunk of the debt.

Throughout the entire 2012 Republican National Convention, the party elite thought they'd use a version of the debt clock, as a kind of visual joke. Their idea was to point the finger at President Obama, and pin the nation's debt on the Democratic Party.

Unfortunately for the Republican Party, the fact checkers at the CBPP and Ezra Klein at Wonkblog spoiled the GOP's visual lie-fest - with a chart!

While the original chart is great, some of Randi's listeners still want to know, in a quick and easy fashion: Who's responsible for most of the debt? So Team Randi added a few tweaks to the chart, and as you can see below, it's pretty obvious where the blame for America's debt lies:
If you'd like a more in-depth look at how most of America's current debt actually came from decisions made during the George W. Bush administration, check out the full research at Ezra's Wonkblog, or over at the CBPP.