Yesterday, while doing my cardio, I caught the “news” on CNN. And once again, they spun the headlines to favor their friends in the White House. Reporting the latest unemployment numbers showing tepid job growth, they helpfully furnished us with a chart similar to the one below comparing job growth under the incumbent to that under his predecessor.
Fortunately, when I did a google search for the chart, a blogger who linked it had the same reaction to the chart most of us did when first we saw it on our left-of-center friend’s Facebook pages*: “This chart provides us with only a year of the Bush Administration’s performance.”
It is, he added, “a little unfair to Mr. Bush to snag the worst of his numbers and compare to the rosiest of the Obama numbers“, providing then a more complete picture of job growth over the past decade:
You’d think that if the purpose of a news agency were to compare two politicians, they’d give us this more complete picture rather than the selective chart at the top of this post. It does seem that media outlets like CNN want to define George W. Bush’s economic record by his last year in office rather than the full eight years — and without indicating that for his last two years in office, that Republican shared power with a Democratic Congress.
*Do recall they sourced the chart either to the White House or the Democratic National Committee.