Yesterday, Eric Bolling and the Fox & Friends crew announced how "odd" they found it that the jobless numbers spiked immediately after the election. But instead of doing any real digging the four of them engaged in baseless speculation that President Obama had somehow covered up the jobless situation while he was campaigning and that the truth was coming out now.
As I wrote in my longer post on the subject at Crooks and Liars, the entire group got in the conspiracy-theory act. First, Steve Doocy gave an opening to Bolling by noting he has been "suspicious" of the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the past.
Bolling paused dramatically, before saying, “Alright, let me try not to get myself into too much trouble. This is the first week after the election.”
“That’s the first thing everyone’s gonna think about,” Gretchen Carlson said supportively.
Bolling continued, “Does anyone find it odd that the weeks leading into the election – (jobless numbers) going down, the number went towards 350, and now the first week after, first full week after 439?”
Kilmeade added, “Everyone finds it odd. I appreciate your parsing your words.”
Yet nobody bothered to point out, much less rebut with facts, how economists give an entirely different picture.
Q: What would you call four Gretchen Carlsons walking shoulder to shoulder?
A: A wind tunnel!