WaPo Get Blasted for Pre-Writing Doom and Gloom Story About Job Numbers, Busted When Real Numbers Come Out

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FILE – In this Feb. 27, 2008 file photo, The Washington Post building in Washington is shown. The Washington Post Co. reported a 69 percent jump in third-quarter profit Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, as its newspapers trimmed their losses and its cable TV and education divisions held steady. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)

Does the media hope that the economy continues to be bad as we start to come out of the pandemic and people are beginning to go back to work in some areas?

It sure seems like they’d rather that we continue to have an issue with the economy. Probably right up to November.

How do we know?

It appears The Washington Post already had their story pre-written about the expected job numbers that came out today. Except, of course, being the WaPo, they miscalculated.

It tweeted out this:

“Grim milestone to be reached as May unemployment rate nears 20 percent,” the Post wrote in a tweet to accompany with a story with the same headline. They later deleted the tweet and edited the story.

They tweeted it moments after the real report came out indicating that the unemployment rate had actually dropped to 13.3 percent, which was a significant drop from April, the jobs had picked back up and an indication that the economy may be coming back.

Their explanation? “Ahead of the release of today’s jobs report, we published a story reflecting how many economists expected the country to reach an unemployment milestone. That story was then updated when the jobs data was released.” That’s what economists had been predicting. Which just goes to show what that prediction is worth. But they still had no justification for pre-writing the story.



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