Conservative Conspiracy Theorists Decide BLS Massaged Data to Boost Employment Numbers

By: Friday October 5, 2012 10:20 am

Because data is just fungible to the political leanings of whoever confronts it, we predictably saw a number of conservatives question today’s jobs report, suggesting that the Bureau of Labor Statistics fudged the data to help the President’s re-election campaign. Leading this charge was former GE CEO Jack Welch on Twitter. I think the government should make a deal with Welch – they’ll admit to massaging the data if he cleans up all the PCBs in the Hudson River personally.

On a more serious note, this is really pretty outrageous, and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, whose department includes the BLS, is right to be insulted.

 

Mike Huckabee a Victim of Epistemic Closure

By: Wednesday March 2, 2011 10:30 am

Mike Huckabee’s explanation that he “misspoke” about President Obama’s imaginary childhood in Kenya isn’t going to fly.

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