After all this back-and-forth with Lou Dobbs, we are happy to tell you that Manufacturing Institute President Jerry Jasinowski will appear on Lou’s show tonight. Lou and his folks have trouble keeping the NAM and the Manufacturing Institute straight. For the record, the Institute is the research and education arm of the NAM, a 501(c)(3) that does research on manufacturing issues. One of their reports was the Skills Gap study that Lou saw fit to malign — the only talking head to do so.
Lou does owe Jerry and the NAM an apology, however. His correspondent said they had called us to come on their show but we never returned their calls. The charge appears in the transcript from December 12. Lou demands, “Where is the [NAM] representative?”. Answers correspondent Bill Tucker, “Calls to the office were not returned.” In fact, that’s just not true. We had been in touch with them and had returned any number of their calls, had spoken with them several times this week. Just sloppy.
In any event, Lou will no doubt try to make this study into a partisan document — something no one else has tried to do — but Jerry’s a pro and we’re glad he’s going on to set the record straight — if he can get a word in edgewise.
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