Fox News was hyping up the January jobs report ahead of its release, gleefully predicting that the numbers would not be positive. Unfortunately for them, the report was actually quite good. The US economy added more than 450,000 jobs in January with 150,000 of them being in the hard-hit leisure and hospitality sector. Fox was not alone in its prediction that the numbers would be negative with the theory being the Omicron wave would keep people from working.
Some analyses like one from ADP expected the January jobs numbers to show 300,000 net jobs lost. However, Fox was unique for being upset about the report because the network thought it would be a chance to make President Biden look bad. Fox host Steve Doocy asked Fox Business host Stuart Varney, “how did everybody get this so wrong?” Varney responded, “it does run counter to what we were expecting.” For all the talk right-wingers make about the left wanting to destroy the country, it’s actually them who are rooting for economic trouble when a Democrat like Joe Biden is in office.
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