Boston Herald Welches on Jobless Numbers

October 7, 2012

The Boston Herald jumped the shark yet again with yesterday’s Page One (via the Newseum’s Today’s Front Pages):

That thoroughly irresponsible headline was followed up by a slightly more responsible piece inside:

Backlash as GE legend slams jobless numbers

The typically sedate ritual of monthly jobs reporting has ignited a political fire storm, with shocked economists calling the huge job gains a “fiscal anomaly” and former Hub business titan Jack Welch sparking a Twitter war with accusations President Obama’s Chicago cronies are cooking the books.

“This whole number is made of a whole mess of assumptions,” the former General Electric CEO and Hub resident told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto. “Who’s participating? Who’s not working? Who’s trying to work that’s dropped out. It just raises the question. I think there ought to be a good discussion of how this number is calculated.”

Earlier in the day, Welch tweeted: “Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can’t debate so change numbers.”

That’s total nonsense, unless you’re a card-carrying member of Tinfoil Hat Nation.

But reality’s never gotten in the way of a juicy Herald story.

(For once, the absence of a story in the Boston Globe is a good thing, although it did post this on its website.)

Meanwhile, for a more earthbound perspective, see Joe Nocera’s column in Saturday’s New York Times, and this piece on NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered.

P.S. Earth to Herald: Get a grip, eh?