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CNNs Fact Checkers Rush to Give Obama Credit For Good Economy

John Harwood and CNN Newsroom co-host Jim Sciutto took it upon themselves on Wednesday to truth test President Trump’s State of the Union Tackle, however as an alternative of merely fact-checks, the 2 certified Trump’s true statements with their very own opinions and a number of “yeah, however” verdicts.

One assertion that Sciutto requested Harwood to fact-check was President Trump’s declare that since his election, “we have created 7 million new jobs.” It is a slightly easy fact-check, both there have been 7 million new jobs or there hasn’t (NBC put the quantity at 6.7, a rounding error), however Harwood credited President Obama for the Trump file:

 

 

That does not make a lot sense as a result of the financial system produced 8 million jobs within the final three years of President Obama’s administration. If you happen to have a look at the development traces, the unemployment charge has been falling and job creation has continued. In reality, the financial system has been rising since six months into Barack Obama’s presidency, however in actuality, job development has slowed beneath President Trump. Not his fault. It is a very lengthy growth. You’ll count on that. However this isn’t a dramatic new growth as a consequence of President Trump. 

Harwood was additionally being hypocritical. Earlier within the phase, Harwood gave Obama credit score for the U.S. changing into the world’s high producer of oil and pure fuel regardless of Obama doing the whole lot he may to restrict fracking.

Sciutto agreed, “Proper. Obtained good numbers, why once more do it’s important to enterprise into deceptive territory there?” Possibly as a result of CNN spends all day speaking about impeachment.

He then requested about Trump’s declare that there have been 12,000 new factories beneath his administration. Harwood’s response was to concentrate on the definition of a manufacturing facility, “The institutions he’s describing will not be all factories. That might embrace bakeries or tailor store, however that could be a optimistic growth.” 

Harwood was extra beneficiant than the New York Times which not solely rated the declare false, however tried to decrease the brand new enterprise by declaring that the, “The majority of these — greater than 8,000 — make use of 5 folks or fewer.” Sure, that is how all companies start. 

Here’s a transcript for the February 5 present:

CNN

CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto

9:09 AM ET

JIM SCIUTTO: The query is, you’ve good numbers to tout. Why then do you then–

JOHN HARWOOD: Precisely

SCIUTTO:  –Need to enterprise into deceptive territory. Simply would not appear needed. The president claimed he created hundreds of thousands of jobs since his election. Let’s have a pay attention and fact-check. 

BEGIN CLIP

DONALD TRUMP: Since my election, we have created 7 million new jobs, 5 million greater than authorities specialists projected throughout the earlier administration. 

END CLIP

SCIUTTO: Okay, John Harwood, fact-check that. 

HARWOOD: That does not make a lot sense as a result of the financial system produced 8 million jobs within the final three years of President Obama’s administration. If you happen to have a look at the development traces, the unemployment charge has been falling and job creation has continued. In reality, the financial system has been rising since six months into Barack Obama’s presidency, however in actuality, job development has slowed beneath President Trump. Not his fault. It is a very lengthy growth. You’ll count on that. However this isn’t a dramatic new growth as a consequence of President Trump. 

SCIUTTO: Proper. Obtained good numbers, why once more do it’s important to enterprise into deceptive territory there? One other declare Trump says hundreds of factories have been constructed beneath his administration. Have a pay attention. We’ll fact-check that. 

BEGIN CLIP

TRUMP: After shedding 60,000 factories beneath the earlier two administrations, America has now gained 12,000 new factories beneath my administration. 

END CLIP

SCIUTTO: All proper. 12,000 new factories. True? 

HARWOOD: The institutions he’s describing will not be all factories. That might embrace bakeries or tailor store, however that could be a optimistic growth. The one factor the president would not point out, nonetheless, is that during the last yr or so, his commerce coverage has really harm manufacturing. We’re in a producing recession proper now. Enterprise funding can be down. So along with claiming credit score for issues that started beneath President Obama, he, of course, as you’ll count on, omitted methods by which he has broken the financial system over the final yr or so since making use of these tariffs. 


 

 

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