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View Diary: Jack Welch, Dick Nixon and the Great BLS Jobs Conspiracy (100 comments)

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  •  Reviewed the broadcast national news tonight... (6+ / 0-)

    ABC in no shape or form played "he said, she said" but took the position those alleging conspiracy were engaged in "crazy talk."  They visited the BLS center and interviewed a director.  He said people would escape from the building if they got a call from the WH asking them to change the numbers.  ABC also emphasized how physically difficult it would be to change the numbers due to the processes in place and the amount of people involved in tabulating them.

    NBC was also firm in that manipulation of the numbers was not possible.   Both Andrea Mitchell and Sue Herera turned in truth (not truthiness) based reports.  Sue Herera in particular had clearly explained how difficult it would be to change the numbers.

    CBS had perhaps the weakest response to job trutherism, but only to the extent they basically ignored any conspiracy theory.

    I would post the links, but all the video is currently available on the "nightly news" sections of each broadcaster's web site.

    •  Don't matter. As long as they're talkin about that (1+ / 0-)
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      and not the fact that the labor market really is getting a little bit better, it's Mission Accomplished for the GOP.

      •  The conspiracy theory discussion came after (1+ / 0-)
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        the initial report on the job numbers.  Both NBC and ABC analyzed the obvious positives behind the numbers.  CBS less so, but they still turned in a mostly fair report.  

        Friday night is the least watched, but having the main anchors commit to debunking in this manner will set the tone all weekend.

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