Charlie Gibson, ABC's Capitol Hill Correspondent 1982, Reagan was president: "[T]here really isn't any good news in the statistics. All the numbers are bad." Then he found some politicians that bemoaned how horrible the economy was due to the evil Reagan including Rep. Henry S. Reuss, (D-Wis): "...policies aren't just mistaken, they're wicked."
Charlie Gibson, ABC News Anchor, 2009: "...sometimes a bad jobs report can look good."
"345,000 Americans lost their jobs in May, a big number to be sure. Traumatic if you are one of the 345,000. But the number was smaller than economists had predicted, and that's good news."
Each of these were said when the unemployment rate was 9.4%.
ABC’s George Stephanopoulos: “...the unemployment rate nears 10 percent, but the numbers aren’t all bad.”
Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute:
Network Reports 13 Times More Negative Under Reagan than Under Obama: An overwhelming majority of stories mentioning the Reagan administration were negative 91 percent (20 out of 22) while only 7 percent (1 out of 15) of Obama administration mentions were negative. Additionally, Obama mentions were favorable 87 percent of the time, but there were zero positive mentions of Reagan.
Networks Connect Reagan White House to Negative Jobs Numbers Almost Twice as Often as Obama: Unemployment stories in 1982 mentioned the Reagan administration 71 percent of the time (22 out of 31), but 2009 stories mentioned the Obama administration only 40 percent of the time (14 out of 35).