TIME Magazine angered readers Tuesday after the outlet apparently blamed American consumers for the country’s current supply chain crisis, which has resulted in empty store shelves.
“How American buyers broke the supply chain,” tweeted TIME with a link to his report.
The outlet partially blamed the coronavirus pandemic for the backlog, but added that the supply chain was also disrupted “because of the sheer volume of things Americans buy, especially online.”
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TIME made its goal even clearer in a section titled “Our buying habits are hurting the US economy“.
“Usually consumer spending is good for the economy, but the bottlenecks created by America’s enormous appetite are becoming a problem for economic growth,” the magazine said wrote.
The article also quoted someone who described Americans as “uniquely impatient consumers”.
“Americans have become exceptionally impatient consumers, unlike their counterparts in much of the world,” said Jock O’Connell, international trade advisor for Beacon Economics, in the TIME article. “We have a lot more inventory in this country than we would need if Jeff Bezos hadn’t convinced us that we could have our things delivered tomorrow.”
Twitter users declined the presentation and refused to take responsibility for the increasingly empty shelves. Some sarcastically called the TIME report “top notch” messages and generally accused the media of changing the narrative of the growing economic crisis.
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TIME’s inclusion followed a similar report by The Atlantic that appeared to blame US shoppers for the ongoing supply chain bottlenecks.
“Supply chain problems could be resolved faster if wealthy Americans stopped buying up things they don’t need and often don’t even want,” the liberal magazine wrote last month.
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The Biden administration also appeared to spend some time teaching Americans. In a press conference last weekend, President Biden was accused of insulting American intelligence while answering questions about the crisis.
“If we all went out and had lunch together and I said, ‘Let’s ask whoever is sitting at the next table, no matter what restaurant we’re in, let’s explain the supply chain.’ Do you think they’d understand what we’re talking about? ” asked Biden.
“They are smart people,” he said of the Americans, noting that the supply chain was part of a “complicated world.”
The Republicans have denied Biden the guilt. In an internal memo to Republican Study Committee members received by Fox News last month, Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., Made continued unemployment funding in Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion COVID relief package, the closure of the Keystone Pipeline XL and the suspension of drilling licenses, and the rapid inflation rate as the main factors that have led to the current shortage.