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Monday, January 21, 2013
Terry Jeffrey's Anti-Obama Sour Grapes

Despite his utter hatred for President Obama, editor in chief Terry Jeffrey couldn't keep President Obama from getting re-elected. So, to mark Obama's inauguration, Jeffrey has penned a trio of sour-grapes articles expressing his displeasure with the president by using cherry-picked statistics:

First Term: Americans Collecting Disability Increased 1,385,418—Now 1 for Each 13 Full-Time Workers

First Term: Obama Increased Debt $50,521 Per Household; More Than First 42 Presidents in 53 Terms Combined

First Term: Americans ‘Not in Labor Force’ Increased 8,332,000

That last number is rather egregiously cherry-picked. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, long-term demographic trends are responsible for about half of the decline in labor force participation, which are factors out of Obama's control. Needless to say, Jeffrey makes no mention of this, though he does concede that about half of the decline he cites is due to an increase in retired workers collecting Social Security benefits.

Remember that Jeffrey isn't really all that interested in reporting the full truth; he just wants to destroy Obama.

The hatred has spread to other CNS writers as well: Patrick Burke has an article headlined "First Term: Food Stamp Participants Increased 11,133 Persons Per Day," and Susan Jones tells us that Obama's approval rating is "among the lowest for post-World War II presidents," as if that means anything.

Meanwhile, the Obama-hate at CNS is so pervasive that its employees can't (or won't) take any joy in the inauguration ceremony itself. Penny Starr pulled one of CNS' trademark word-count nitpicks to complain that the invocation didn't not mention God sufficiently to her liking.

Posted by Terry K. at 3:33 PM EST

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