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Friday, April 8, 2022
CNS Unemployment Coverage Distortion Watch, Good-News-Is-No-News Edition

The past couple months, the employmenet data has been so good that has struggled to find a suitably negative spin to push. For March's numbers -- which showed that 431,000 jobs were added and that the unemployment rate fell to 3.6 percent -- CNS apparently decided that good news was no news.

That's right -- there was no lead story from Susan Jones on the overall picture, not even to push the spin that it was better under Trump before the pandemic. The only coverage of March's numbers CNS offered was the usual sidebar-turned-main-story from editor Terry Jeffrey on goverment employment,serving up what passes for a bright spot by noting that while "Local governments in the United States added 20,000 employees in March ... overall government employment in the United States increased by only 5,000 thousand, as both the federal government and state governments decreased their number of employees during the month."

This coverage makes clear that if there is good news to be reported on the Biden administration, that reporting won't be coming from CNS. Jeffrey & Co. seem to understand the basic concept of journalism.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:10 AM EDT

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