Friday, March 09, 2012

At war with Eastasia

Q: How does one reserve a standing-room slot on the next unheated cattle car to Siberia over at the Fair 'n' Balanced Network?
A: Allow a wire service lede about the economy to appear under a hed that says "Getting Better"!

Employment grew solidly for a third straight month in February, a sign the economic recovery was broadening and in less need of further monetary stimulus from the Federal Reserve.

Good thing the commissars caught up in time to move the story from business to the politics section and remind everyone how much worse it's gotten in the past three years:

While the Labor Department reports a surge in private-sector hiring and the nation's unemployment rate holding steady at 8.3 percent, a closer look at the numbers paints a less flattering picture of the country's post-recession growth.

The latest report for February shows lingering economic disparities among different segments of the population. And, as has been the case for decades, the unemployment rate used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics does not tell the whole story.

Well -- almost. Some Trotskyite appears to have snuck into that last sentence, but otherwise, we can write the homepage tease that needs to be written: "...
a closer look shows the Obama administration's not telling the whole story."

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