Posted by Curt on 7 December, 2016 at 11:24 am. 5 comments already!


Jazz Shaw:

You’re going to be seeing a shift in the way the media covers the news in the coming years with the change in management at the White House. Even though the inauguration is still quite a few weeks away, that process has already begun. Just to take one of the more glaring examples which you can reliably track each and every month, let’s take a look at the Washington Post’s coverage of the jobs reports which come out every month.

When the September jobs report came out we were still in the period where everyone needed to be “thanking Obama” for the robust economy and looking forward to Hillary Clinton extending the same policies after she inevitably won the election. How did the Washington Post describe the jobs report at that point? (All emphasis below added)

The best news in September’s jobs report is that unemployment went up

Now, the good news is that we got a little bit closer with the 156,000 jobs the economy added in September. But the even better news is that we’re a little bit further than we might have thought with the unemployment rate ticking up from 4.9 to 5.0 percent. That’s because it did so for the happy reason that so many more people had either found a job or were looking for one — another 444,000, to be exact.

Fast forward one month to the eve of the election. Popular opinion had solidified around the idea that Hillary had it locked up. The new jobs report came out yet again. This time it showed essentially the same results with 161K jobs added and the unemployment rate dropping back to where it had been two months earlier at 4.9%. How did the WaPo cover it?

U.S. economy added 161,000 jobs in October as unemployment rate dipped to 4.9 percent

The U.S. labor market continues to show signs of gradual strengthening, with newly released government data showing the economy added 161,000 jobs last month. Annual wage growth surged to levels not seen since the financial crisis, while the unemployment rate dipped to 4.9 percentin October from 5 percent the previous month…

The final piece of economic data released before the presidential election Tuesday, the jobs report showed an economy that is steadily emerging from the shadow of the Great Recession, though it is still below its pre-2008 strength.

Well, the election didn’t quite work out the way most of the liberal news outlets hoped. The month of November came and went with the specter of the coming Trump presidency looming over the newsroom. Then the next jobs report came out. We added 178,000 jobs. That’s still less than anyone would like to see, but it was more than in either September or October. The unemployment rate (which is sort of falsely reported every month anyway, but at least the metrics used are consistent) fell three tenths of a point, as opposed to the one tenth fluctuation in the previous two reporting periods. What does the Washington Post have to say now?

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