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‘Fox & Friends’ invents conspiracy: Labor Dept. ‘cooking the books’

By Andrew Jones
Monday, February 6, 2012 14:03 EDT
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While many have been encouraged by the job figures released last Friday, the crew at Fox & Friends aren’t among them — and on Monday morning, they seemed to think the numbers were a little hard to believe.

“Are they playing around with the numbers?” fill-in host Eric Bolling asked. “Look, it’s the Bureau of Labor of Statistics. It’s suppose to be non-partisan, but that’s the Department of Labor, Hilda Solis. Hilda Solis works directly for Obama.”

“Are you saying they’re cooking the books,” regular co-host Steve Doocy inquired.

“I’m saying, there’s room for error,” Bolling replied. “But when you’re talking about four million people, how do you know?”

To answer Bolling’s question, the Department of Labor gathers unemployment data with a monthly poll called the Current Population Survey (CPS). The sample is representative of the entire nation, comprised of 110,000 individuals, or 60,000 participating households split by geographic region. The bureau says their methodologies eliminate the potential for a wide margin of error to significantly distort the overall unemployment outlook.

The U.S. Department of Labor did not respond to a request for comment.

WATCH: Video from Fox News, which was broadcast on February 6, 2012.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
 
 
 
 
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