Colbert: BLS should release ‘all the numbers’ when they go to the bathroom
Stephen Colbert joined the chorus of conservative skepticism over the recent statistical drop in the country’s unemployment rate Monday, saying the .3 percent drop “seems a little bit too barely-better to be true.”
The Oct. 5 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) revealed that the unemployment rate had dipped to 7.8 percent, its lowest rate since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009.
The findings set off a wave of conspiracy theories, most notably from former General Electrics CEO Jack Welch, who “raised the question” of whether the numbers had been concocted by the Obama administration while admitting he had no proof to back up his allegation.
“Folks, this is more than a coinkydink,” Colbert said. “It is a full-fledged conspiradinkydoink.”
Colbert also didn’t buy the BLS’ rebuke of the conspiracy allegations, despite CBS News mentioning an “eight-day security lockdown” that includes daily confidentiality agreements and provisions protecting the data whenever analysts even use the restroom.
“That doesn’t mean they’re releasing all the numbers,” Colbert protested. “When those analysts go to the bathroom, is it ‘Number 1’ or ‘Number 2’? America needs to know.”
Colbert’s examination of where the unemployment drop came from, aired Monday on Comedy Central, can be seen below.