Horrid job numbers, media tries to spin as predicted
The job numbers that came out today were not good, to say the least.
WASHINGTON — Hiring continued its slow pace in April as employers added a modest 115,000 jobs to their payrolls, providing more evidence that the economy has lost some momentum from early this year.
However, the media and the Left (concentric circles on a Venn diagram) were at the ready to perform some sweet, sweet spin action.
Reuters leads with alleged good news.
Everything is all about The One and his re-election! Out of work and struggling? Suck it up, baby. Obama has a campaign to run.
Too bad that number fell solely because more and more people cannot find work long-term and are therefore no longer considered/counted in the unemployment numbers.
The jobless rate inched down to 8.1% last month, the Labor Department said Friday, but that wasn’t because more people were employed. Rather, the rate fell as more workers dropped out of the labor force.
Unemployment rate is 14.5% when you include discouraged job seekers and those forced to work part-time. #timeforchange
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) May 4, 2012
CNN goes all in on “good” news.
U.S. payrolls increase by 115,000 in April, government says. Unemployment rate falls to 8.1% from 8.2% in March. http://t.co/ORIbQJ3M
— CNNMoney (@CNNMoney) May 4, 2012
Hiring slowed, more people out of work long-term? Whatever! It’s an increase and stuff! Journalism is hard.
And the Associated Press has an article up called “Job market under Obama: It depends on how you spin it.” Because, you know, the truth of horrendous numbers is just spin and stuff. Facts shmacts!
Media Matters spins by trying to confuse everyone with sporty thingies talk.
ATTN reporters: 500K+ monthly job growth is about as "normal" as a pitcher throwing a perfect game. http://t.co/5PhY3rOu
— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) May 4, 2012
Twitter reacts with good old snark. Hey, if we didn’t then we’d all be curled up in the fetal position, crying.
— RB (@RBPundit) May 4, 2012
— Sissy Willis (@SissyWillis) May 4, 2012
— Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) May 4, 2012