'Face the Nation' Completely Ignores Friday's Lousy Jobs Report

As NewsBusters has been reporting, the Sunday political talk shows didn't seem very interested in the lousy jobs numbers that were released by the Labor Department last Friday.

By far the worst performance in this regard was turned in by CBS's Face the Nation which didn't utter one single word about the issue throughout the course of the entire one hour broadcast.

After the teaser, host Bob Schieffer brought on Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to discuss pending immigration and gun control legislation. The economy or Friday's jobs report never surfaced.

Next up was former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to chat about North Korea.

Schieffer then offered his commentary about Cuba's Fidel Castro calling for Kim Jong Un to tone down his rhetoric.

The host next invited on author Blaine Harden, the Wall Street Journal's Gerald Seib, as well as CBS's Nancy Cordes and Major Garrett to discuss North Korea, immigration reform, the budget, gun control, and the special Congressional election in South Carolina.

Not one single word about jobs or the economy.

And that continued right through the end of the program when the final segment featured Schieffer interviewing Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times author Mark Mazzetti about the section of his new book that deals with the adminstration's drone program.

Add it all up, and in what was likely 44 minutes of broadcast time 48 hours after the worst jobs report in many months, no one on Face the Nation said one single word about it.

It seems almost inconceivable that this would have happened if a Republican were in the White House.

The folks at CBS News that had a hand in this broadcast - especially Schieffer - should be deeply ashamed of themselves.

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.