Friday, July 19, 2013

I Know This Will Come As A Shock...

Ex-DC Labor Statistics head: Jobs numbers don't provide accurate reading on economy
Think the economy is bouncing back quickly? Think again, says the former top number-cruncher in charge of the Washington Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Keith Hall tells the New York Post Thursday that the BLS, White House and media are wasting time focusing on an edited set of data and using it to paint an incorrect picture of the American jobs market on the mend. The current U.S. unemployment level is reported to be around 7.6 percent.
You mean the Obama administration is using misleading figures on the economy? And the media is going along for the ride? NO WAY! The media has never given Obama a pass on anything, unless you consider Fast & Furious, Benghazi, and the IRS auditing the President's political adversaries. I am shocked - SHOCKED - to learn that the media would allow the administration to present data that is incomplete, massaged, or just plain wrong in a pathetic attempt to make the economy look better than it is.

Why, the next thing you know, they'll be glazing over stories like a major US city filing for bankruptcy!

This is the reason I wanted Mitt Romney to win. Not because I thought he would have done a better job than Obama (arguable) or that he'd be better at honoring the Constitution (HA!), but because the media would stop carrying water for the Presidency. The media is *supposed* to have a somewhat adversarial relationship with the executive - there's a word for nations where the media is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the people in charge, and it ain't republic...

They only seem to care about Presidential shenanigans if a Republican is in office - or if there's a blue Gap dress involved...

That is all.

Another dispatch from...
(image courtesy of Robb Allen)


Anonymous said...

"This is the reason I wanted Mitt Romney to win...because the media would stop carrying water for the Presidency."

Yep, instead they would have had a believable scapegoat rich republican to blame EVERYthing on. And best of all one who wouldn't fight back. That would have been much better.

DaddyBear said...

Not to support Obama here, but I'm pretty sure that administrations have been manipulating the economic data, such as for the unemployment and inflation rates, for a couple of generations.

Jay G said...


At least we'd be HEARING about things, rather than having them glossed over, ignored, or outright lied about.


And the media was quick to point out whenever the Republican was lying about it, right?

When did FactCheck come into being?

notDilbert said...

They are not just cooking the numbers -- they've come up with a whole new cuisine.

These are the guys that setup the rules for Obama-care so it is advantageous for a small business to turn 40 full time jobs into 60 part time jobs and then claim credit for Creating 20 jobs.