As Twitchy reported Monday, the Biden administration decided its best bet to avoid saying the country is in a recession is to change the definition of recession. Fed Secretary Janet Yellen went on “Meet the Press” to declare that two negative quarters of economic growth is “not the technical definition of a recession.” Biden economic adviser Brian Deese went on CNN to declare that “in terms of the technical definition,” two negative quarters of growth is not a recession.

That’s the Biden administration’s stance ahead of Thursday’s GDP numbers, and just to make sure the White House Press Corps got it right, Deese made a guest appearance in the White House briefing room to declare again that it’s “not the definition that economists have traditionally relied on.”

Brian Deese: “Two negative quarters of GDP growth is not the technical definition of recession. It’s not the definition that economists have traditionally relied on.” pic.twitter.com/oRDiU097LI

— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) July 26, 2022

Let’s just change the definition of everything that doesn’t fit the current narrative.

— NorCal (@NorCalispurple) July 26, 2022

Changed the definition of a recession in order to avoid one 🤔

— Lawrence Fitzgerald (@lwfitzgerald) July 26, 2022

Actually, it is precisely the definition of recession that economists have traditionally relied on.

— Ultra MAGA King (@notsure399) July 26, 2022

If it weren’t, they wouldn’t have to work so hard to deny it.

re·ces·sion

/rəˈseSH(ə)n/

noun

1.

a period of temporary economic decline during which trade and industrial activity are reduced, generally identified by a fall in GDP in two successive quarters:

— CHARLIE STARR 🇺🇸 (@CHASSTARR) July 26, 2022

They won’t define “woman” but suddenly they’re parsing the definition of “recession.” https://t.co/eZ6R4CJJYU

— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) July 26, 2022

They know they’re lying and they know you know they’re lying. They get off on having the power to lie to your face and there’s nothing you can do about it. https://t.co/lGc32NvMTL

— FilmLadd (@FilmLadd) July 26, 2022

It’s exactly the technical definition

— TacticalBeagles ✝️🇺🇸🦮🐍🏴‍☠️ (@TacticalBeagles) July 26, 2022

Well Brian, it was the definition until this administration decided to change it.

— 8bitpilgrim (@8bitpilgrim1970) July 26, 2022

Fact checkers here??

— Jim (@jimkim43319) July 26, 2022

Semantics much?

— Triggerhappy Ranch (@TriggerhappyR) July 26, 2022

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— 🇺🇸✦ᎬᎠ✦🇺🇸 (@Edfleet75) July 26, 2022

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— Thirteen O’Clock – Todd (@o_thirteen) July 26, 2022

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— 300BLKOUT (@shayes99) July 26, 2022

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— Game Quest (@GamequestDQ) July 26, 2022

So…. If it isn’t, then why do you even have to explain it? 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

— OneTruth (@_OneTruth_) July 26, 2022

But they can’t point to the actualdefinition 🤨

— Fat/Whore/Bitch (@fatwhorebitch) July 26, 2022

So the last 10 recessions need to be revised? …

— Tom Martino (@tom_martino1) July 26, 2022

Where is the media questioning this?

— K. Cosgrove (@getthenet145) July 26, 2022

The media? Here’s MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle asking Deese how to change Americans’ perceptions, “because we are in an economic recovery.”

Listen to @SRuhle try to gaslight over skyrocketing inflation while falsely claiming that America is “in an economic recovery.”

Ruhle has been trying to downplay inflation for months in an effort to protect Joe Biden.

Read the full story here: https://t.co/P2Wswyp4B9 pic.twitter.com/JQ7rOqIJGa

— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) July 26, 2022

Related:

Erick Erickson zeroes in on what the Biden administration’s ‘recession’ redefinition will tell us about the MSM going forward https://t.co/vSDFbDvPyR

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 25, 2022