When Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast a few weeks ago, thousands of businesses were forced to close, throwing thousands of people out of work.
Those unfortunate people were eligible, of course, to file for unemployment insurance, and many of them did. Consequently, a report released yesterday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed an increase of 78,000 jobless claims in the previous week.
But the conspiracy theorists on Fox News Channel’s morning show chose to interpret the BLS numbers as phony and just another example of deceit on the part of the evil Obama administration. In voices dripping with suspicion, they wondered aloud why the jobless claims would suddenly increase right after the presidential election.
Brian Kilmeade, who is perhaps the dimmest of the Fox morning hosts, said he wasn’t buying the theory that Hurricane Sandy had caused the increase.
“How could you possibly say that that has anything to do with first-time jobless claims?” Kilmeade asked. “When a storm hits you get fired?”
None of Kilmeade’s partners on the Fox News set tried to explain to him that people who lose their jobs at businesses damaged by a big storm aren’t really fired. It’s just that their jobs no longer exist, at least for a while. In many cases, the affected businesses have no electrical power.
Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC had great fun last night mocking the idiocies of the Fox News morning crew.
Check it out HERE (and be sure to watch the video).