CNN wants its viewers to know it’s committed to holding President Donald Trump accountable on the economy — so much so that it features a “Trump Jobs Tracker” as part of its effort to keep its audience updated on whether the president is keeping his promise to restore the full potential of the American economy after eight years of anemic growth under Barack Obama.
One problem: The last time the network updated the tracker was Jan. 5, when the economy had only added 1,839,000 jobs since Trump took office. Under that pace, according to CNN, Trump is “off track” to fulfill his promise that he’d help create “25 million jobs in 10 years, or 208,333 jobs per month.”
Although CNN apparently would rather keep its viewers uninformed on the economy, federal economists estimate that employers added 200,000 jobs in January, and Friday’s job report showed another 313,000 added in February — more than enough to be on a healthy pace to average 208,333 jobs per month in 2018.
It is possible that the reason for the lack of updates is the cutting back of jobs in the company’s digital operation in February. Around 50 jobs were eliminated from CNN’s Digital team under the restructuring. The company missed its profit targets in 2017.
Another possibility, of course, is that CNN is actively rooting for the failure of the Trump presidency and would just as soon withhold favorable economic reports and other positives emanating out of this administration.
This report, by Joe Simonson, was cross posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.