Conservative Media Add Obama Donations To Their BLS Conspiracy Theory | Blog | Media Matters for America
Fox News, which has spent the day promoting conspiracy theories about the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is now trumpeting the fact that BLS economists have donated to the Democrats and President Obama to reinforce their theory that BLS data is biased toward Obama. But one of the economists Fox identified is no longer a BLS employee, and only a tiny fraction of BLS workers have even made campaign donations.
The information [Fox News] cited came from a Washington Free Beacon article.
However, the Free Beacon article was updated to note that Phillips no longer works for BLS: "According to his LinkedIn profile, Phillips served as an economist at BLS between June 2009 and July 2012."
[Fox News] did not correct [their] contention that Phillips is currently a BLS economist.
In fact, as Politico's Dan Berman pointed out, BLS counts more than 2,500 employees and more than the two cited by the Free Beacon and Bolling have donated to political causes.
Indeed, data from the Center for Responsive Politics shows that six people who have named BLS as their place of employment have made political donations -- including three to Republican campaigns: