Patterico's Pontifications

6/4/2009

Outrageous Media Spin of the Day

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 9:37 pm

What’s unemployment under Barack Obama? Funemployment!

18 Comments

  1. I wonder if there are a lot of funemployed LA Times workers what read that today. It’s weird Kimi couldn’t find any of them to interview.

    Comment by happyfeet (2d133f) — 6/4/2009 @ 10:01 pm

  2. Jack Shafer, exposer of bogus trend stories, will have fun with this one. There’s no hard numbers in this dreadful story; it’s entirely anecdotal.

    Perhaps this was an attempt to help Obama, but more likely it’s a lazy reporter’s attempt to gin up a story without evidence, or maybe an attempt to reassure the growing ranks of laid-off journos.

    Comment by Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407) — 6/4/2009 @ 10:01 pm

  3. Is this any worse than their Editorial on Sunday (by a newsroom/editorial board woefully deficient in diversity) advising the GOP of the need for diversity within the party?

    Comment by AD - RtR/OS! (1f03ac) — 6/4/2009 @ 10:09 pm

  4. Funny how you never see any of the LAT’s pompous white male liberal advocates of diversity giving up their jobs so minorities can be hired in their place.

    Comment by Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407) — 6/4/2009 @ 11:09 pm

  5. More proof the LAT is about propaganda instead of news.

    The LAT finally got around to mentioning the pro-gun news of the very important California case of Nordyke v King, which happened weeks ago.

    http://wiki.calgunsfoundation.org/index.php/Nordyke_v._King

    But the LAT did so only by subsuming the one sentence info about Nordyke inside a large story about an anti-gun outcome of a Chicago case!

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/la-na-gun-rights3-2009jun03,0,404868.story

    I guess the editorial theory of the LAT is that anything anti-gun is newsworthy, even if it changes nothing and has nothing to do with California. Whereas anything pro-gun is not newsworthy, even if it is a huge change and directly impacts life in California.

    Comment by Brad (99723e) — 6/5/2009 @ 2:28 am

  6. There’s no hard numbers in this dreadful story; it’s entirely anecdotal.

    There is nothing the MSM loves more than those “Man on the street” interviews. Such anecdotes allow them to opine freely in print outside of the editorial page and claim objectivity.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/5/2009 @ 3:33 am

  7. Someone ought to show the story to Sloe Joe. Then we can sit back and wait for the day when he tells a bunch of laid-off factory workers to go out and “have some fun”.

    Comment by KB (c5be9a) — 6/5/2009 @ 3:56 am

  8. They put the fun back in dysfunctional!

    When this funporter (fake un-news reporter) is finally laid off, will she think it is so fun?

    These people could put the “fun” in funeral.

    Comment by Dr. K (eca563) — 6/5/2009 @ 4:25 am

  9. Anything to protect ObamaCrats.

    Comment by HeavenSent (1e97ff) — 6/5/2009 @ 4:58 am

  10. Unemployment is good for your health. You will live in a stress-free environment with no worries about punching the clock, having your ass chewed by your boss or facing sexual harassment charges by the company secretary. Surely, Obama will see to your basic needs. All you have to do is cash the never-ending unemployment check.

    Comment by tmac (f9e092) — 6/5/2009 @ 5:28 am

  11. There is nothing the MSM loves more than those “Man on the street” interviews.

    Most reporters I know despise Person on the Street because they’re so phony and contrived. They’re not the fault of reporters, but editors who assign these POS to give the appearance the paper has surveyed local opinion on some topic. These POS are really the opinion of the first few people who agreed to talk to the hapless reporter. These POS are totally unscientific, and the reporters know it.

    Of course, there are exceptions.

    Comment by Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407) — 6/5/2009 @ 7:05 am

  12. Did anybody else notice the word “parents” in that story? Adolescence continues forever, or until your parents finally boot you out.

    Comment by Mike K (2cf494) — 6/5/2009 @ 7:45 am

  13. And it’s not a real Man-on-the-Street piece, either. I mean, how could it be? They didn’t even get a pull-quote from Greg Packer.

    Lay, ZEE.

    Comment by PCachu (e072b7) — 6/5/2009 @ 8:12 am

  14. Under President Bush,
    Unemployment rate between 4.8%-5.0% is a recession
    and an economic catastrophic.

    Under President Obama,
    Unemployment rate at 9.4% and rising is
    “funemployment”.

    What media bias?

    Watching the MSM show such obvious intellectual dishonesty in spinning the news of our economy is typical,but a very bad sign.
    We must be in a whole lot of trouble.

    Can’t wait to see the headlines concerning:

    Inflation…….or is it……moving on upalation.

    Rising gas prices….or is it……rising a$$ vices.

    Dollar crashing….or is it…..pass the dollar hashing pipe.

    Nuclear armed terrorist….or is it…..misunderstood freedom fighter with a really powerful microwave oven.

    Higher taxes…..or is it……Heightened government investment.

    Keep it up Pravda West.

    Comment by Baxter Greene (8035ae) — 6/5/2009 @ 8:24 am

  15. I’m assuming that there will shortly be a number of funemployed LA Times reporters and editors, given their pathetic numbers.

    Comment by rochf (ae9c58) — 6/5/2009 @ 9:33 am

  16. I guess the editorial theory of the LAT is that anything anti-gun is newsworthy, even if it changes nothing and has nothing to do with California.

    The L.A. Times wrote in an editorial that Americans can not be trusted with guns- and yet they did not call for the disarmament of the LAPD.

    Comment by Michael Ejercito (833607) — 6/5/2009 @ 9:40 am

  17. A significant contrast:
    LAT…Funemployment;
    WaPo..Flaunting Frugality
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/04/AR2009060404577.html?hpid=artslot

    Comment by AD - RtR/OS! (b0c533) — 6/5/2009 @ 9:41 am

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