Numbers are just numbers, right?
If you don’t think that the media can spin anything to fit a narrative, just take a look at these three headlines on yesterday’s job report numbers:
While CNN focused on the positives — they must have not gotten the memo — Politico and The Washington Post both found a way to disparage the report, despite the relatively good news it conveyed.
Just compare this coverage to the way both outlets presented a very similar October 2016 jobs report — the final report to come out pre-election:
- Politico: “Last pre-election jobs report: 161,000 jobs created in October”
- Washington Post: “U.S. economy added 161,000 jobs in October as unemployment rate dipped to 4.9 percent”
It’s no wonder Americans’ trust in the media continues to plummet.