Skip to comments.Blogging as Propaganda
Posted on 07/30/2009 1:05:51 PM PDT by fiscon1
Today on the conservative blog, Hot Air, had this story about initial weekly jobless claims. The story's thesis: this new report is further evidence that Obama's employment strategy is failing. The story points out that jobs report was up 25 thousand jobs from the previous week. The story does mention that jobless claims are down but dismisses that as inconsequential.
(Excerpt) Read more at theeprovocateur.blogspot.com ...
waaaaaaaah! This is opposed to what? The 300 hundred other stories in the MSM that are reporting the same numbers but with a more positive bent?
Are you excusing propaganda by saying every body’s doing it? Come on. Maybe as opposed to doing it right.
This post should have contained a “BARF ALERT” tag.
You have to give me more than that. If you don’t like the piece, you have to explain what you don’t like. Just personal insults don’t help me.
Did you write this blog?
"Unfortunately in two plus years of blogging I have come to the conclusion that for the most part most bloggers are much more propagandists than they are journalists. Many more bloggers use their blogs to push an agenda rather than to report. They mask opinion that are dressed up to appear as facts. Ironically enough, blogs sprouted in large part because citizens believed that the MSM was engaging in this very behavior. As it turns out, most bloggers are no better than the media they despise only they don't write nearly as well."
The three critical data points in play here:
Bloomberg reports that initial jobless claims rose again last week by 25,000 as more that 584,000 Americans applied for unemployment benefits for the first time...
The four-week average hit 559,000, and last weeks number was 554,000...
Here were the job losses from February to May of 2009, 710,000, 663,000, 539,000, and 345,000.
Now, here is the critique of the Hot Air post:
Now, there's a pattern there and that pattern was that things were improving. (that pattern was of course broken in June when numbers when the Bureau of Labor and Statistics reported a loss of 477,000) If you were to report the jobs numbers honestly, you would have to acknowledge that things were getting better.
That makes utterly no sense unless the blogger is looking for any ol' place to grind his axe. The Obama Admin is saying Porkulus is working. MSM pundits are saying the economy is turning around. Yet the rate of change in unemployment steepened significantly from May to now - well beyond any statistical margin of error - by the very numbers the blogger is calling out here - and the rate over the last two weeks seems to be increasing that trend.
What Hot Air is doing is trying to counter the massive MSM and Dem propaganda campaign to sell Obamanomics as a success - by simply pointing out the current unemployment figures do not support those claims. The fact that the blogger calls propaganda the act pointing out obvious unemployment trends - trends the blogger himself acknowledged - is a truly bizzare attempt at moral equivalence. Which is a favored tactic of liberals, which in turn calls into question the underlying political views of the blogger.
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