Not sure how many of you watched Lou’s show last night. Of course, if you saw it in any prior night for the past several years, you caught the gist of last night’s story — trade is bad, immigration is bad, etc, etc.
Well, any-hoo, in the course of this vale of tears, he took to some good ol’-fashioned name-calling — about us. Yeesh! He went back to the recent Skills Gap study –a study covered favorably by every single press outlet — and there were hundreds — except for Lou, who manged to put a negative spin on it. He continued that spin last night with the help of correspondent Bill Tucker. They somehow juxtaposed the number of applicants for the great jobs at the new Toyota plant in San Antonio with the study’s finding (consistent with every past survey we’ve done) that “some 90% of manufacturers report moderate to severe shortages of qualified production employees” (they got that part right at least), especially those requiring higher sills.
This is either sloppy or sensational journalism, or both. Both facts are true. There are plenty of applicants at the Toyota plant and manufacturers overall are suffering from a lack of skilled workers. New Orleans had a flood while the Midwest had a drought. Conspiracy? Fraud? Don’t think so. Lou bolstered his case once again with quotes from the lefty Economic Policy Institute, who blamed it all on that faceless bogeyman of “globalization.” Nevermind that manufacturing workers involved in exporting make more than their counterparts who aren’t. Never let the facts get in the way of a good story after all.
Manufacturing Institute President (Lou keeps saying “NAM President”, just more sloppy journalism) Jerry Jasinowski was slated to go on Lou’s show the night before Thanksgiving but pulled out because of the hatchet job Lou did on their study. Again, Lou was the only one who made a divisive issue out of a unifying study. The skills shortage is real, talk to any manufacturer. Lou could either focus on that or be content to throw brickbats, hoping to bolster his sagging ratings.
For the record, we return all our calls, even to Lou and his folks. We’re quite sure someone from the Manufacturing Institute will be happy to go on Lou’s show to discuss the real results of this study. That is, if Lou’s willing to do a story without a villain….
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