Many Americans, including younger people, get their news from phone apps. And if you think the bias of CNN is limited to the network, you’d be wrong. On Friday, strong July economic numbers came out with unemployment falling from 11.1 percent to 10.2 percent and 1.7 million new jobs have been created. All of this beat expectations.
But you wouldn’t know that if you looked at the CNN news alert on your phone. Here’s what CNN blasted out to its app users.
That’s right, “U.S. jobs recovery takes a massive hit and is still down nearly 13 million jobs.” It's the opposite of what the numbers showed, the fact that they beat expectations. The article (also on CNN.com) by Anneken Tappe tried very hard to make this all bad news:
The US economy added another 1.8 million jobs in July, a sharp slowdown from June and a small step for an economy that's still down 12.9 million jobs during the pandemic.
It was the third-straight month of improvement after the spring lockdown that decimated the labor market, and the July job gain exceeded economists' expectations. Even so, it was far fewer than the 4.8 million jobs added in June.
It was so bad than even other liberal media outlets didn’t buy what the CNN app was pushing. MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing disagreed with the CNN app, tweeting that the numbers are “much stronger than forecast.”
In a live news break-in, CBS’s Jeff Glor on Friday declared, “Economists were expecting 1.6 million jobs would be added it's 1.78. That beat expectations.” Correspondent Jill Schlesinger noted, “July jobs created 1.76 million jobs created in the month of July. The unemployment rate actually ticked down.”
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Here’s the way it was reported on Friday’s CBS This Morning. Click "expand" to read the transcript.
CBS This Morning
8:30 a.m. ET
JILL SCHLESINGER: July jobs created 1.76 million jobs created in the month of July. The unemployment rate actually ticked down. We saw it go from 11.1 percent to 10.2 percent. So let's put this in a little bit of a frame of reference. We saw 22 million jobs evaporate in March and April and then seven and a half million jobs in May and June. Now in July, the pace of job growth, it's slowing down a bit, of course, 1.7 million jobs is a lot of jobs, Jeff. But it's a slow down and that slow down is completely related to the surge in virus in the south and west as a lot of municipalities started to slow down the reopening process.
JEFF GLOR: Jill, Economists were expecting 1.6 million jobs would be added it's 1.78. That beat expectations. why do you think so?
SCHLESINGER: It's impossible to understand how these numbers are variable every month. Look at the weekly jobless claims we've been getting over the last few weeks. We saw a nice, steady decline down from the peak. And then we saw the surge in the south and the west caused the claims to go up a couple weeks and now down again. This is not actually even a big miss when you look at the possibilities. The range was for a loss of a million jobs, up to a gain of 3 million jobs according to the economists and analysts out there.