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John Zogby: More Distortion Than Truth in Unemployment Stats

By    |   Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 11:17 AM

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' unemployment figures have long been inadequate and misleading, and they're a partisan tool used by every administration, pollster John Zogby said Tuesday on Newsmax TV’s "America’s Forum."

Zogby was responding to an op-ed piece penned by Gallup CEO Jim Clifton in which Clifton characterized as "the big lie" the purported 5.7 percent January unemployment rate, which does not take into account people who are underemployed or have simply given up looking for work.

Zogby responded with his own op-ed in which he said Clifton was absolutely correct in his assessment, but took umbrage with the suggestion that the Obama administration is "perpetrating the lie and purposely using the recent reduction of the overall rate to suggest a recovery that is not really existent.

"In other words, the Obama administration has fabricated a hoax and continues to spin the 'official' statistics for their own benefit."

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Official unemployment numbers have long been "a very partisan thing," according to Zogby.

"Democrats go after the Bush administration for lying and fudging the unemployment figures, Republicans go after a Democratic administration," he said Tuesday. "I mean the bottom line is, it would be great if everybody just simply agreed that there is a significant amount of unemployment and underemployment in this country and we play with the statistics we have."

He also weighed in on the scandal surrounding NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who has temporarily stepped down from his post following revelations that he lied about being aboard a helicopter shot down in Iraq in 2003.

Because of the media frenzy the story has set off and allegations that there may be more cases of Williams' fabricating events, Williams, according to Zogby, cannot mount a comeback.

"There's the politics within NBC, whose ratings have suffered in the last three or four days since this all went public," he said. "There are again some new stories involving Israel, involving Katrina and perhaps even more.

"When your stock and trade is trust, and remembering and being an anchor figure in every sense of that word, my gut sense tells me it's going to be very, very difficult for him to recover from this."

Williams’ on-air apology hurt him more than it helped, in Zogby’s estimation.

"He raised a whole lot more questions, especially since this is a media person. There's a public record here. With a media person who has purposely gone out and done interviews and expanded his resume to become an entertainment figure, there's a huge amount of video and what he did, at best, was cloud the picture even more."

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