Perdue media team used confidential data to spin jobs reports

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Submitted: Mon, 12/19/2011 - 7:39pm
Updated: Sun, 01/08/2012 - 3:57am

RALEIGH,NC (CAROLINA JOURNAL) — Since as early as January 2011, and perhaps before then, Gov. Bev Perdue’s press office has received access to confidential employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics hours if not days before its scheduled release, quite likely in violation of federal law. The governor’s staff used its early access to massage the monthly employment press release that reported jobs data to the public.

Documents and correspondence obtained by Carolina Journal show that the Division of Employment Security, formerly known as the Employment Security Commission, sent a draft of the press release each month to Perdue’s press office. The governor’s spokesmen typically rewrote the text and added a positive spin, even if the data did not support Perdue’s talking points.

The glowing quotes were attributed to Lynn Holmes, director of the employment agency, but the documents show the quotes were approved and probably written by a Perdue press aide, either Chrissy Pearson or Mark Johnson.


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2015 years 8 months ago

Bev and her crew “spin” this one!

2015 years 8 months ago

Her buddy Obama and his top-notch legal eagle Eric Holder will come to her defense.

2015 years 8 months ago

That makes for at least two rotten ones in a row.

2015 years 8 months ago

It should be obvious that Gov Perdue is totally corrupt and must be removed at the next election. What a disgrace to NC to have her for a Governor.

2015 years 8 months ago

at this lady gives me the creeps. its one thing to act crazy & corrupt, its another to look crazy & corrupt. what a weirdo. if all of us nationwide that go to work just refused to pay taxes for a year, would these freaks (i.e. obama, bush, biden, perdue etc etc…) just crawl back under some rocks??

2015 years 8 months ago

of the millions of stimulus dollars that came to NC to promote the Recovery which never really was and her own agenda?