'The Hill' Suggests Congressional Investigation into Faked Job Numbers is Partisan

Tuesday's New York Post contained a report that the surprising .3% drop in last September's unemployment rate (from 8.1 to 7.8%) was based on manipulated numbers, and the Census Bureau, which does the unemployment survey, knew it.  The report not only interviews the person who did the manipulation (who told the publication he was told to do so by superiors), but it included an offer from the whistle-blower to talk with the Labor Department and Congress if asked.

As soon as the news of the report spread to the beltway, The House Oversight Committee announced that it would thoroughly investigate the report, which is their responsibility.

In the body of its story The Hill gave a straightforward account of the NY Post account and the reaction of the Oversight Committee:

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) told The Hill Tuesday that the Oversight panel plans to probe the findings, which he called “extremely serious. The allegation that data gathered by the Census Bureau is being manipulated for any reason is extremely serious. The Oversight Committee has jurisdiction over the Census Bureau and will be thoroughly investigating these claims,” he said in a statement.

Despite the fact that there has been no claim by the NY Post or the Oversight Committee that the suspected manipulation had anything to do with politics, the headline of "The Hill's" report, "GOP to probe claim of ‘faked’ jobs report" indicates a not so subtle bias, branding a legitimate proposed Congressional investigation as a partisan action.  

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