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CNN Creates Misleading Headlines to Save Obama’s Credibility

posted at 10:15 am on July 9, 2009 by

The headline:

The “good news.”

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — 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 Briefing.com.

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.

Cross posted at Ace of Spades HQ

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And unsurprising malpractice at that. Yet I still can’t convince some of my less politically interested friends that they need to be careful of news bias.

aelhues on July 9, 2009 at 10:34 AM

How many viewers does CNN have?

Americannodash on July 9, 2009 at 10:45 AM

At this point, i have to wonder if the writers of Pravda look at the US press and think, “Holy crap! We didn’t go far enough!”

Physics Geek on July 9, 2009 at 11:53 AM

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Ed Morrissey on July 9, 2009 at 1:11 PM

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.

There were only 4 workdays last week too…which is exactly 20% fewer days the employment office is open than a non-holiday workweek. And, wait for it…there were 10% fewer job claims…coincidence, I’m sure.

AUINSC on July 9, 2009 at 3:59 PM