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April 13, 2015

April's Dismal Job Numbers Force Media to Finally Admit The Economy is Awful

Obama gave them their storyline a few months back: The country had a good quarter of GDP growth (based on the new, more generous method of calculating GDP we're now using for the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations President), and the press began blaring that the economy was in terrific shape.

Since that One Quarter Wonder, the economy has been giving weak signals, especially on jobs.

So what is the press to do? They know the Narrative they want to sell, but the facts betray them.

Well, as Tom Blumer reports at PJ Media, the press has been emphasizing non-jobs data (which, I'll bet you ten to one, they were fed by the Obama Administration) and half-ignoring the jobs data.

With April's terrible jobs numbers, the press now has to admit what it's been lying about for half a year.

After the strong economic growth seen during the second and third quarters of last year, the AP, aka the Administration’s Press, has been especially odious in insisting that the economy is still really "robust," while coming just inches short of declaring that President Barack Obama’s economic critics should be cowering in the corner in shame. Until the employment report, the shouting only got louder as the underlying data deteriorated further.

On February 20, the wire service’s Jim Kuhnhenn admired how Obama was "taunting Republicans" over the economy. Devoid of any sense of historical irony, Kuhnhenn described an “economic recovery showing signs of taking hold” --over 5-1/2 years after the recession officially ended....

Not to be outdone, five weeks later, the AP’s Martin Crutsinger composed a veritable hosanna of dishonest praise directed at Dear Leader’s economy, which he described as "sluggish," but "one of the most durable since World War II."

Only now does the Administration's Press admit: "For months, the U.S. economy’s strength has been flagging.”

At Hot Air, Noah Rothman has just posted (within the past few minutes) his own story about the press (beyond AP) finally being forced to admit what they'd been lying about.


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