On Friday, former GE chief Jack Welch ignited a firestorm hate and accusations of “Jobs Report Trutherism” when he tweeted his suspicion that the September jobs report was manipulated by “Chicago guys.”
Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can't debate so change numbers
— Jack Welch (@jack_welch) October 5, 2012
As Twitchy reported, Welch was backed up by Rep. Allen West, Laura Ingraham and others. Steve Forbes offered his support as well.
Welch is right. "@jack_welch: Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can't debate so change numbers"
— Steve Forbes (@SteveForbesCEO) October 5, 2012
In an interview with Anderson Cooper Friday night, Welch defended his criticism of the “implausible” job numbers, but suggested that a little question mark would have gone a long way.
"I should have used a question mark….I'm not changing my tweet." – @jack_welch
— Elisa (@elisa) October 6, 2012
Evidently a question mark wouldn’t have held back the tide of Welch bashing.
— Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) October 6, 2012
@jack_welch adding a question mark to the tweet doesn't reduce your paranoia. It just makes you look more passive aggressive
— Randall Arnold (@texrat) October 6, 2012
Cannot believe Jack Welch made that statement. Where would you have placed the question mark, Jack? Still would be an irresponsible remark.
— Marjorie S Wharton (@MarjorieWharton) October 6, 2012
— John Hlinko (@jhlinko) October 6, 2012
— Madelyn (@maddy_smiles) October 6, 2012
@jack_welch putting a question mark changes nothing. You are thowing out a phase that encompasses all racist names. SIMPLE MINDED people
— Melinda Veirs (@Spiritwoman1) October 6, 2012
— MKSinSA (@mksinsa) October 6, 2012
— Julliana (@Turnedsideways) October 6, 2012
Watch Cooper’s conversation with Welch here:
— CNN Public Relations (@CNNPR) October 6, 2012