For the first time in 18 years, the US unemployment rate has dropped below four percent. It has now fallen to 3.9 percent, according to a release issued late this week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
But before you get all giddy about this and have a notion to give any credit to President Trump, you need to understand that this is actually not important. Not important at all.
Yes, for a minute there, we thought the jobless rate dropping below four percent for the first time this century was really good news. But alas, the most elite of the elitist establishment media set us straight with the following headlines:
What’s Wrong Here? Unemployment is Below 4%, But Wage Growth is Lousy – Washington Post
Jobless Rate Looks Like Old Times, But the Economy Doesn’t – New York Times
This gets one to imagining what these paragons of journalism might make of various other notable developments regarding the 45th President. A few come immediately to mind:
Trump ends poverty. Headline: Trump To Shutter Relief Agencies
Trump achieves world peace. Headline: Trump Betrays Neoconservatives
Trump walks on water. Headline: Trump Can’t Swim
Indeed, in an absolutely perfect manifestation of their dark, dystopian view of America under Donald Trump, the WaPo “journalist” describes the lowest unemployment rate of the 21st century as “the silver lining for what is, if not a dark cloud, at least a surprisingly off-color one: Even though unemployment is a mere 3.9 percent, wages don’t seem to be rising much faster than they have for the last couple years.”
Let’s analyze – or translate – the important words in that paragraph to unmask how this writer finds a way to spin an inarguably positive development into an opportunity to pour cold water on the growing flame in the Trump economy:
- Silver lining – this is the writer’s way of reducing good news to a mere footnote.
- Even though – these negating words means “pay no attention to facts or your lying eyes.”
- Seem – this weasel word means the writer has no proof for his assertions which follow.
- Much faster – this means the writer admits wages are rising, but not nearly enough to believe Trump has done anything right.
- Last couple years – this means that he does not (for good reason) want to include any of the years of Obama economic stagnation into his analysis.
With all the attention these days on the elite media’s errors of commission – fake news if you will – and omission – disregarding positive news regarding Trump – there is a tendency to overlook and underrate the significance of how the elite media spins real news. Studies have shown that most people read headlines and little beyond them, thus forming opinions on the basis of very limited information. The left-wing elitists at the New York Times and Washington Post are well aware of this and are expert at establishing plausible deniability on the issue of bias by including actual facts buried within thoroughly dishonest headlines and progressive, Trump-hating spin.
This is their game. In the space of just a couple of years since Donald Trump began to shatter their world, we have witnessed the establishment media devolve from denying their bias to (sort of) admitting it, to justifying it, to all but proclaiming it as their patriotic duty because of the unique threat posed by Donald Trump to all they hold dear.
Maybe when the NY Times and WaPo are finally shut down one of these years, the headline ought to read: Times and Post Admit Nobody Believes Them Anymore.