ABC Botches Jobs Report: Touts Incorrect, Obama-Favorable Unemployment Numbers
Good Morning America's Josh Elliott on Friday reported
incorrect jobs numbers, touting stats more favorable to Barack Obama and
less reflective of the dismal facts. In the 8am hour, news reader Elliott insisted that "new figures show" an unemployment rate "sitting" at 8.1 percent for May with 158,000 new jobs created. [MP3 audio here.] In fact, unemployment rose to 8.2 percent and only 69,000 jobs were created.
The monthly unemployment numbers are usually released about 8:30am. In the hours before an announcement, GMA has previously reported what the projections suggest.
In fact, in the 7am news hour, Elliott allowed that "the government is expected to report it's added some 158,000 jobs." He offered no such caution in the 8am hour.