CNN Creates Misleading Headlines to Save Obama’s Credibility

posted at 7:26 pm on July 9, 2009 by Slublog

The headline:

The “good news.”

NEW YORK ( — The number of Americans filing initial unemployment claims fell sharply last week, while those filing ongoing claims rose to another all-time high, according to government data released Thursday.

There were 565,000 initial jobless claims filed in the week ended July 4, down 52,000 from a revised 617,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said.

It was the lowest number since January and was below the consensus estimate of 603,000 from economists surveyed by

Analysts said last week’s drop was distorted by a change in the pattern of seasonal layoffs in the automotive industry.

In other words, the “good news” is that plants closed earlier this year than normal, so the job numbers “improved.”

Here’s the actual jobs picture:

Meanwhile, the number of people requesting continued jobless benefits rose to a record high, indicating that the labor market remains weak.

The government said continuing claims rose to 6,883,000 in the week ended June 27, the most recent data available.

That’s an increase of 159,000 from the previous week’s revised total of 6,724,000 and was the highest reading since the Labor Department began keeping records in 1967.

Compare that happy news headline with how CNN headlined a story about potential job losses when a different party controlled the White House.

This isn’t bias. It’s malpractice.

Update (Ed): Via HA reader Geoff A, CNN isn’t the only one spinning this for Obama.  The AP’s making some pretty good RPM as well.  They headline their article “New jobless claims fall to lowest since January,” even though, as Slublog points out above, the statistic is an artifact of policy:

The number of newly laid-off workers filing initial claims for jobless benefits last week fell to lowest level since early January, largely due to changes in the timing of auto industry layoffs.

Continuing claims, meanwhile, unexpectedly jumped to a record-high. While layoffs are slowing, jobs remain scarce and the unemployment rate is rising, which some economists worry could weaken or delay a recovery. The unemployment rate rose to 9.5 percent last month and is expected to top 10 percent by the end of this year.

Shouldn’t the headline be “Unemployment continues to worsen”?  It would have been in the Bush or Reagan administrations.

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If the state propaganda mills didnt prop him up he would have negative popularity.

CNN isn’t fooling anyone. But perhaps we need a communication program to inform them. An avalanche of calls and emails may wake them up. Then again, maybe not. Their ratings are sliding down the chute right behind Air America and the NYSlimes.

That’s pleasing.

dogsoldier on July 10, 2009 at 7:18 AM

Shouldn’t the headline be “Unemployment continues to worsen”? It would have been in the Bush or Reagan administrations.

Would that they be so lucky. The headline would be “Worst unemployment since the Depression (note- that would be using the worst case “discouraged worker” rubric) – Bush/Reagan stimilus still not showing signs of working as job losses increase from last month – Economists grow worried over Bush economic policies”.

jarodea on July 10, 2009 at 7:47 AM

I am glad to see you guys caught this. I think I re-read the article 4 times and I could not understand it from the headline. Poor journalism.

closetgop on July 10, 2009 at 7:58 AM

Poor journalism.

closetgop on July 10, 2009 at 7:58 AM

True, but brilliant messiah worshiping propaganda.

doriangrey on July 10, 2009 at 8:07 AM

Sooner (hopefully) or later the American people will realize the corruption at both MSNBC and CNN. It’s been sickening for a long time and the chickens will eventually come home to roost.

Travis1 on July 9, 2009 at 10:45 PM

When they do come home to roost they may well find the coop on fire… Hmmmm BBQ’d propaganda chickens???

doriangrey on July 10, 2009 at 8:10 AM

Little lies mean alot.

RobCon on July 10, 2009 at 8:43 AM

The term “malpractice” suggests that CNN is a professional outfit. Maybe “Hacks spewing propaganda” is more accurate?

marklmail on July 10, 2009 at 8:44 AM

The AP headlines have been spinning this the past several months.

My other favorite is the headline spin on the housing stats. They say house sales have started to rise on a month to month basis…NO SH*T? Guess what Einstein? Houses sell overwhelmingly during spring/summer months for various reasons (weather, schools, etc). But when you look at the stats vs. the previous year the decline is on the order of 17%…yet all the headlines say “housing sales are up!” It’s amazing.

NickelAndDime on July 10, 2009 at 8:58 AM

CNN Creates Misleading Headlines to Save Obama’s Credibility

“The masses are far more likely to believe a big lie than several small ones.”

(Adolf Hitler)

Uniblogger on July 10, 2009 at 9:03 AM

I think Hitler was just predicting the future of America in Mein Kampf. Or Obama actually read that cause he couldn’t find the line to just sign off on it.

Tremmy on July 10, 2009 at 9:35 AM

The Obama-fellating, state-run media has been bleeding itself to death for some time. Their solution is to open the wound a bit wider. They don’t even try to bandage it. I’m OK with that. I have to believe that when they implode, truth will fill the vacuum. Well, I can dream, can’t I?

SKYFOX on July 10, 2009 at 9:50 AM

The local TV news here last night had a story on more people running marathons; these people were unemployed so now they have time to run marathons–increasing the competition in marathons. It was touted as a positive side to unemployment. Maybe that story will get picked up by CNN.

Btw, a few days ago, I got a CNN Breaking News email about Michael Jackson’s golden coffin’s being in the stadium. Is this breaking news? Then I got another Breaking News email about his daughter saying he was the best father. Is this breaking news?

CNN = (What a) Crock News Network

StormsWillPass on July 10, 2009 at 1:03 PM