Fox News is putting its weight behind claims that Friday’s positive job numbers are a “fluke” or were orchestrated by the Obama administration to cover for the president’s poorly rated performance during Wednesday night’s debate. The network has run numerous segments on this newest conspiracy theory and now the website has bannered the message across its front page:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has flatly dismissed the allegation. “The data are not manipulated for political reasons. I’ve been involved in the process myself for almost three decades. There’s never been any political manipulation of the data, period,” Steve Haugen, an economist at the BLS, told CBSNews.com. BLS “does not at the moment have a single political appointee working in the entire agency,” he added.