"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Friday, February 06, 2004

Half Full, Half Empty

A reader offers the following as yet another example of liberal bias in the media. There are those on the left that imagine conservatives are jousting at windmills when they decry slanted coverage of events and issues. Well, tell me that the author of Article #2 does not use tortured logic to further an agenda.

Article #1, fair and balanced, from the Associated Press (italics mine):

Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.6 Percent
By Leigh Strope
AP Labor Writer
Friday, February 6, 2004; 8:45 AM

The nation's unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent in January to the lowest level in more than two years as companies added 112,000 new jobs, providing fresh signs the prolonged hiring slump may be ending.
The jobless rate fell 0.1 percentage point last month to the lowest level since October 2001, when it was 5.4 percent, the Labor Department said Friday. . .

Employers added new jobs last month at a pace not seen in three years. . .

January's hiring gains marked the fifth straight month of increases, and followed a revised 16,000 new jobs added in December, better than the 1,000 initially reported.

Hiring by retailers and construction companies accounted for much of the overall increase in payrolls. However, the nation's factories continued shedding jobs, though at a slower pace than in previous months.

The report provided hope that the economic recovery was finally reaching the labor market. But economists still had concerns. They had predicted payrolls to jump by 150,000 or more last month.

Pretty good news, right? Well, not according to Article #2, from Reuters:

Fewer Jobs Than Expected Created in January, Report Says

Published: February 6, 2004

The U.S. economy created just 112,000 new jobs in January, far fewer than expected, government data showed on Friday, in a disappointing report that will weigh on President Bush's re-election campaign. . .

Analysts had been expecting the improving economy to create 150,000 new jobs in January.

Reuters snatches defeat from the jaws of victory! This is, by the way, the news service that considers terrorists "freedom fighters" and refuses to acknowledge Al Qaeda's guilt for the acts of 9/11/01.