Fox’s Trish Regan Spins Latest Jobs Report As ‘Lousy’ (So Vote Trump!)

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FiveThirtyEight.com noted that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump could spin Friday’s jobs report as there was both good news and bad in it. Guess which side Fox News chose?

From FiveThirtyEight:

Friday’s jobs report, the third-to-last before voters head to the polls in November, offered evidence for both sides. Employers added 151,000 jobs in August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported; that’s the weakest growth since May, and a bit below economists’ expectations, but still not a bad number in absolute terms. The unemployment rate held steady at 4.9 percent for the third month in a row; hourly earnings rose modestly. The rest of the report fit the same basic pattern: a bit disappointing compared to June and July, but not bad overall.

On Friday’s Your World show, host Trish Regan opened a discussion on the subject with a Fox News Alert and saying, “I can tell you it’s been one lousy job market this summer.”

Steve Moore, Trump’s economic advisor piled on.

MOORE: This was another kind of dismal economic report, and when you have a record high number of people out of the workforce, it’s just big trouble for the economy. We’re, not producing enough jobs to get everybody back to work, and not only that but the wages just aren’t keeping pace with the amount of money people are spending. So we need dramatic change. The problem for Hillary, she’s talking about pretty much staying on the course we’re on.

Regan helpfully (to Trump) added, “Maybe making it worse via more taxes?”

Later, Regan lamented to Fox’s Dagen McDowell, “Some jobs were added, but these are not really jobs that are paying well, are they?”

McDowell didn’t come right out and say “Vote for Trump” but that message was loud and clear:

MCDOWELL: Manufacturing job losses, construction job losses, the labor force participation rate is still near a 40-year low. You have tens of millions of people who have simply given up looking for work. So there needs to be an attitude shift. Hillary Clinton’s plan is more of the same, with a different result, which I’ve said before is the very definition of insanity.

Regan laughed heartily at that swipe.  

Regan then turned to Christy Setzer, the lone person out of four not using the jobs report to suggest viewers should vote for Trump. She said “150,000 jobs is not bad. It’s not amazing, it’s not as great as we had in the previous months where we were over 250,000, but it’s really not terrible.” She said the overall picture of the economy was “good, not great.”

At least Setzer was able to speak without being interrupted. But as soon as she finished, Regan jumped in to discredit her. “4.9% unemployment rate certainly sounds good, right?” Regan said. “But let’s peel back the layers on that a little bit more.”

Translation: Let’s have some more of the pro-Trump perspective. In fact, Regan provided it herself after McDowell complained that neither candidate was talking about the national debt. Pointing to a poll showing that voters think the economy is the most important issue facing the country, Regan “asked” Moore, “Is this perhaps why we’re starting to see Hillary Clinton’s lead weaken?”

But when Moore said Trump needs a big lead in order to win the election, Regan jumped in to help.

“Well, look, it should be an easy thing to do because she’s talking about a continuation of Obama’s policies which obviously haven’t worked,” Regan said, to close the segment.

Maybe Obama's policies haven't worked as well as we'd wish. But as Politicususa noted (quoting the White House's Jesse Lee), Obama's record as a jobs creator is so strong that if Mitt Romney had those numbers, they'd be "getting chiseled under his face on Mount Rushmore as we speak.”

Watch the bias below, from the September 2, 2016 Your World.


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commented 2016-09-05 02:53:29 -0400 · Flag
Classical case of glass half full, glass half empty. The foxies will go for the latter any time. It’s a Pavlovian truth.
commented 2016-09-05 01:52:43 -0400 · Flag
That is, before she went all in for right-wing propaganda.
commented 2016-09-05 01:52:19 -0400 · Flag
Eyes on Fox,

Regan did work at Bloomberg before she went to Fox. I disliked her there, too, but maybe she has some chops as a business reporter?
commented 2016-09-04 18:18:12 -0400 · Flag
Trish must have put on quite a titillating twirl for the old horn dog Roger Ailes. But not enough of a ‘wild girl’ to catch the attention of vibrator coach Junior O’Reilly.
commented 2016-09-04 12:33:31 -0400 · Flag
Keep doing the same thing expecting different results. If you’re a young blue collar man voting Republican, you may be forgiven. If you are a blue collar man over 50 and still vote Republican, the men in white uniforms and the big net can put you in a safe place.

If you want to see a really rotten economy, turn back the clock to exactly eight years ago. Everyone was shitting their pants over whether or not the REPUBLICAN President was gonna put us in another Great Depression.
commented 2016-09-04 08:42:09 -0400 · Flag
Facts FAUX FAKE NEWS, facts, just google. For got you have to have an IQ of 10 to google,sorry my bag!!!!! That is from the 2000’s.
commented 2016-09-04 08:37:53 -0400 · Flag
They are really desperate, from 2009 to today the unemployment rate when from 10.9% to 4.9% gasoline from a high of $4.00 a gallon to $2.00 and below, and here in Florida, company are begging for construction workers that is 69% of construction companies, and the national debt has been cut by 2/3, so FAUX FAKE NEWS is just wrong, but the low IQ people will believe what ever. They should look at Kansas under a republican.
commented 2016-09-04 07:00:15 -0400 · Flag
Trish Regan, financial expert by training? Studied to be an opera singer then got a history degree. Oh, she did marry an investment banker.

But she’s a shameless right-wing shill. Shorten your skirt, pass the Ailes ass ogle test, and you’re hired! 👍
commented 2016-09-04 02:52:02 -0400 · Flag
Republicans never want to acknowledge that they can’t provide jobs. They never have and never will. They ain’t even good enough to hunt deer or hog.