Media mostly mum on humming economy

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

cash registerSome very good economic numbers came out late last week but you probably wouldn't know it if you relied on the mainstream media.

Unemployment fell to 3.5 percent in September with the economy adding 136,000 jobs, which made 108 consecutive months of growth.

What did you hear on NBC's Meet the Press? Chuck Todd and Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin fighting it over impeachment.

“Senator, I have no idea why a Fox News conspiracy propaganda stuff is popping up on here,” Todd told the Republican during a testy exchange.

Curtis Houck of the Media Research Center says the economic numbers are newsworthy.

"We are hiring" sign“This was the lowest unemployment since 1969,” he tells OneNewsNow, “but CBS Evening News gave it 14 seconds and ABC World News Tonight gave it 18 seconds.”

The same channels, he says, were giving six to eight minutes a night on impeachment.

Granted, impeachment is a lot more interesting than employment numbers but Houck says a better comparison might be the last time there was bad economic news.

Trump Economic Club Detroit“When it came to the big drops in the stock market a few months ago,” he advises, “that was leading these national newscasts. That was big stuff.”

There is plenty of time in a broadcast for both a positive story and a negative story, Houck says, but the mainstream media is not interested in such objective balance.    

“The media are fully capable, just like any other functioning adult, of walking and chewing gum at the same time,” he says. “In a lot of cases they seem to argue that they're incapable of that.” 

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