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From Ron Paul to the Jobs Report, Fox News Filters What its Audience Sees and Knows

Reported by Melanie - January 5, 2008 -

Yesterday the U.S. Department of Labor released the December "jobs report." It showed that the employment rate "was essentially unchanged" with only 18,000 jobs created last month. Wall Street's already lowered expectation was for 70,000 new jobs. According to Forbes, "That's the smallest monthly gain since August 2003...and far below the 111,000 average monthly gain in 2007 and just a fraction of the 100,000 jobs the economy needs to keep up with new entrants to the workforce."

The report also showed that, "The number of unemployed persons increased by 474,000 to 7.7 million in December and the unemployment rate rose by 0.3 percentage point to 5.0 percent.
A year earlier, the number of unemployed persons was 6.8 million, and the jobless rate was 4.4 percent."

So, how did Neil Cavuto report this news this morning (January 5, 2008) during Cavuto on Business? Like this, in the form of a chyron/lower third blurb:

18,000 Jobs Added in December; Employment Rate Drops to 95%

Comment: This passes, just barely, as "reporting" the jobs report news but it provides so little context that in the end it's nothing more than pro-Bush/Republican propaganda. Sanitizing tomorrow's GOP debate by excluding Ron Paul's voice is one of louder, more public acts of filtering what its audiences sees that Fox has done, but quiet little chyrons like the one above sit on Fox's screen, cleansing the news for Fox viewers all the time.