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Media Bemoans Jobless % Less Than Clinton’s

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

Unemployment rate rises to 4.6 percent in January

Feb. 2, 2007, 10:13AM


WASHINGTON — The nation’s unemployment rate climbed to a four-month high of 4.6 percent as somewhat wary employers added fewer new jobs in January. Wage gains were more modest.

The newest report on the economy, released today by the Labor Department, suggested that the jobs market got off to a slower start in 2007 yet still remains in decent shape. The more subdued job growth — 111,000 positions — is consistent with the expectation that growth in the economy as a whole will moderate this year.

The tally of new jobs added last month fell short of economists expectations for a gain of around 150,000 positions. Analysts also had said they anticipated that the overall unemployment rate would have held steady at 4.5 percent, the rate that was registered in December…

Indeed this is such a devastating development that there are no fewer than 2,195 articles about it on Google News:

We are talking about a .1 percent increase, up from a very low 4.5 percent unemployment rate.

And yet, as the Media Research Center pointed out in October 2004:

One Economy, Two Spins

Economic Conditions Portrayed as Positive During Clinton Presented as Negative for Bush

… The analysis was completed by the Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute. It focused on TV news coverage the day of or newspaper coverage the day after the release of unemployment and job creation reports during the summer reelection season in 1996 and 2004. (The 10 EMPLOYMENT SITUATION reports, five from May through September each year, came out the month following their survey date.) BMI researchers analyzed ABC, NBC and CBS, CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Their findings include:

* Clinton Good; Bush Bad: Stories about jobs during Bill Clinton’s reelection campaign were positive 85 percent of the time – more than six times as often as they were for Bush, despite similar economic data. Reporters praised the Clinton unemployment rate of 5.6 percent as “low,” but they downplayed a 5.4 percent rate under Bush and called job growth “anemic.”

* Good News Becomes Bad News: Under Bush, reporters presented good economic data as bad news stories by minimizing positive achievements and emphasizing people who might be out of work or regions of the U.S. that were still “struggling.” The opposite approach was taken under President Clinton. Then, reporters explained away a 0.2 percent rise in unemployment as minor or, “not necessarily bad news.”

So a .2 percent rise up from 5.6 percent unemployment under Bill Clinton was good news. But a .1 percent uptick from 4.5 percent unemployment under President Bush is the end of the world.

It was ever thus with our Democrat controlled media.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 2nd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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