The Associated Press and other mainstream media are so biased in favor of President Barack Obama that they should register with the Federal Election Commission as Obama super PACs, Rush Limbaugh says.
As an example on his radio show today, Limbaugh cited what he said are gaping disparities between an “intentionally misleading” AP report on unemployment applications and a new Gallup poll on unemployment.
“This AP story on unemployment applications perhaps is one of the most intentionally misleading headlines and lead paragraphs that I have ever seen,” Limbaugh cooed. “After reading this, I wonder why doesn’t The Associated Press have to register with the Federal Election Commission as an Obama super PAC? Because that’s what they are.”
The AP story Limbaugh castigated said this: “US unemployment applications hover near low levels.”
The AP story began: “Slightly more people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week. But the overall level stayed low enough to suggest the job market is strengthening.”
AP continued: “The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications increased by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 362,000.
“The four-week average, which smooths week-to-week fluctuations, remained at roughly 355,000. That's essentially unchanged from last week's level, which was the lowest in four years.”
The perceived PR spin prompted Limbaugh to declare: “The AP, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC — they’re all part of the Obama super PAC. They give advertising away to Obama. They give it away. It’s free media. He doesn’t have to buy anything from these networks or these publications.”
According to Gallup, unemployment in February was at 9.1 percent, but the administration and media report lower figures, Limbaugh said.
“Isn’t it magical how, without using any seasonal adjustments, Gallup’s monthly unemployment rate’s always a good bit higher than the regime’s?” Limbaugh said.
Limbaugh blames the AP’s use of seasonal adjustments for its consistently lower numbers.
“Gallup does exactly what the Bureau of Labor Statistics does to get their monthly employment rate,” Limbaugh said. “The only real difference between the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Gallup is that Gallup does not make any so-called seasonal adjustments like the government does.”
“The seasonal adjustments seem to be the government’s secret sauce. Maybe that’s the government’s ‘pink slime.’”
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