Missing: this economist with some positive news

Thursday, May 18, 2017
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Mark Zandi on CBS NewsA media watchdog says something is missing from network news programs: a once-popular economist.

Julia Seymour of Media Research Center says the morning and evening news shows on ABC, CBS and NBC failed to mention a report by Moody's economist Mark Zandi stating the U.S. has returned to what Zandi calls full employment.

"ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening news shows talked to Zandi very frequently when President Obama was in office," Seymour tells OneNewsNow. "In fact, since 2009, they've spoke to him 182 times, so more than twice a month on average. But he hasn't been on much since the new administration."

It appears, she says, that the networks are unwilling to talk about positive economic coverage unlike a 2011 appearance by Zandi (see video below) on CBS News. 

For example, Seymour says NBC focused on job losses eight times more than the most recent jobs report showing 211,000 jobs being added and unemployment falling to 4.4 percent.

"Throughout the Obama years, as unemployment was very, very high and then it gradually came down, we knew that this was the weakest economic recovery since WWII," says the media analyst. "Yet that was something that got very little attention or mention on the networks, and instead good news was definitely played up by them."

Seymour likens this to a switch that flips every time the political party changes in the White House.

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