The propagandists disguised as “fact-checkers” on the Washington Post unleashed pent-up frustration Wednesday once they evaluated President Donald Trump’s February 5 declare that wages are, “for the first time in many years, rising.” They gave Trump’s declare its worst doable analysis of “Four Pinocchios,” i.e., a “whopper.” Too dangerous for the Post that detailed work revealed by Reuters two days earlier had already debunked its analysis.
The Post’s textual content and its accompanying video betray glee at selecting Trump’s declare aside.
First, some chosen textual content:
According to The Fact Checker’s database of Trumpian claims, the president in his first yr eight occasions falsely urged that wages had been lastly rising due to his insurance policies. He additionally made the same declare within the State of the Union tackle.
After his assertion in Cincinnati, a number of readers urged it was time for a substantive truth test, with a Pinocchio ranking, somewhat than merely submitting it away within the database.
Here is the Post’s video titled “No, wages didn’t just start rising when Trump was elected”:
NARRATOR: Most economists agree general wages have been rising since 2014, and wages for non-manufacturing and supervisory employees have been going up since 2013.
Given the video’s title (which ought to have targeted on when Trump took workplace, not when he was elected), debunking the Post’s Four-Pinocchio analysis (the actual “whopper”) can now proceed.
“Most economists” say wages have been rising for a while. Unfortunately, the information supporting their claims was absent — till 2017.
On February 5, Reuters revealed the outcomes of a deep dive into the federal government’s state-stage weekly wage knowledge. Here’s what its reporters discovered:
The type of pay raises for which American employees have waited years are actually right here for a broadening swath of the nation, in response to a Reuters evaluation of state-by-state knowledge that implies falling unemployment has lastly begun boosting wages.
As I famous at my dwelling weblog final week, some credit score must also go to more durable immigration enforcement and Trump’s efforts to rein in rules.
An in depth Reuters graphic masking 2014-2017 exhibits that:
- No state reported general wage losses in 2017, whereas 10 did in 2015 and 2016.
- 30 states reported inflation-beating wage good points of three % or better in 2017, greater than double the quantity seen within the earlier three years.
Factoring within the populations of the states concerned, the 2017 turnaround from earlier years is much more dramatic than the wire service’s report signifies:
The desk exhibits that the wage-development deteriorated from 2014 to 2016, and that states containing nearly one-fifth of the nation’s inhabitants noticed weekly wage declines throughout Barack Obama’s ultimate calendar yr in workplace. Meanwhile, the inhabitants of states with three % or better wage development fell throughout these years — till quadrupling to just about two-thirds of the inhabitants in 2017.
But the “fact checkers” on the Post let the “facts” be decided by the supposedly impartial Jay Shambaugh on the Hamilton Project. That’s a undertaking of the left-leaning Brookings Institution. Mr. Shambaugh, the skilled sticking up for Obama, was…a member of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers. The Post does not put these details on the desk for readers to think about.
The Post ought to have been conscious of Reuters’ February 5 findings when it revealed its clearly flawed February 7 “fact-check” — however the paper’s dedication to hold Four Pinocchios on Trump was apparently too nice.
Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.com.