By Froma Harrop / syndicated columnist
Attention-grabbing headline in The New York Occasions: “In an Unequal Economic system, the Poor Face Inflation Now and Job Loss Later.”
This headline appeared on Aug. 8, after greater than 50 straight days of falling gasoline costs, the largest inflation concern. As soon as exceeding $5 a gallon, the worth of fuel in lots of states was already down beneath $4 a gallon.
As for “job loss later,” what will we imply by “later”? Later contains eternity. What we do know is that greater than 500,000 Individuals had been employed final month, significantly exceeding economists’ predictions. The unemployment charge is at a 50-year low, and employers stay determined for assist.
We should acknowledge that it takes a great deal of psychological dexterity to write down profitable clickbait headlines. However when the headline contradicts the reporting — a lot of it in the identical information supply — you might have another information state of affairs.
Though The Occasions is taken into account liberal, it is usually hyper woke and delicate to left-fringe emotions. That interprets into fixed carping towards the Democratic management for not doing sufficient; sufficient of what, not at all times specified.
The mindset additional stipulates that the working poor have to be topic to pity and that excellent news for this group can’t be acknowledged. That’s why the report that common hourly earnings grew greater than 5 p.c in July from a yr earlier — after comparable annual good points every month this yr — sat so unappreciated.
In fact, it doesn’t matter whether or not the information is nice or unhealthy. President Biden should at all times be seen as not assembly expectations. A rhetorical trick to this finish is inserting a “however” in the course of a headline tied to an encouraging growth. An instance that simply popped up within the Occasions: “Slowing inflation gave Biden a reprieve however excessive costs stay a political downside.”
The correct accuses CNN of additionally being within the pocket of Democrats, however the information channel hardly ever presents excellent news with out inserting its personal large “however.” Whereas reporting on the slowing inflation, Christine Romans bizarrely added, “That job market remains to be too sizzling.”
Along with fuel costs, the price of meals is down. Nonetheless, CNN tied the inflation report saying simply that to a phase about meals buyers in Philadelphia complaining about … the costs. One needn’t go far to seek out somebody prepared to gripe about the price of eggs.
In any case, these are First World issues. If the worth of filet mignon has some shoppers switching to cheaper hen, effectively, the solar will nonetheless rise tomorrow at daybreak. (Caviar additionally prices means an excessive amount of, don’t you suppose?)
This shopper whining will get tied to Biden’s low approval numbers. And the low numbers should — The Story goes — get tied to inevitable catastrophe for Democrats within the midterms.
However a latest Monmouth College ballot has 50 p.c of adults preferring Democrats within the midterm elections, versus 43 p.c for Republicans. Maybe, simply maybe, the recognition of the president doesn’t predetermine what is going to occur in November. What concerning the unpopularity of the opposition?
CNN had Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan on to touch upon the FBI search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. Duncan is an efficient Republican who fears that placing Trump again within the headlines will harm his celebration within the midterms.
“I’m a kind of Republicans that needs we had been sitting there, speaking about how unhealthy Joe Biden is doing, how unhealthy inflation is,” he mentioned. By no means thoughts that Biden is doing effectively and that inflation appears to be coming down. Duncan is simply passing on the Republican Celebration speaking factors.
However Republicans don’t want to try this. The so-called liberal media is doing it for them.
Comply with Froma Harrop on Twitter @FromaHarrop. Electronic mail her at [email protected]