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Bureau of Labor Statistics – June jobs report (July 3, 2014)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): the talking points must have arrived late (July 10, 2014)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): doubling down on the spin (July 12, 2014)

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) posted another “bon mot” on the economy via Twitter today:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler ā€@RepHartzler

Not what you want to be reading with your morning coffee [….] 6:54 AM – 12 Jul 2014

It was accompanied by an illustration with a representation of a New York Times with a byline for Bunyamin [sic] Applebaum, a cup of coffee, a desk top computer (and assorted paraphernalia), and (maybe) some sort of tablet device on a table top off some sort.

Uh, if someone has a tablet, a desktop computer, and a cup of coffee at a desk do you think they’ll be reading an analog version of the newspaper at the same desk? Or would they probably access it on line? Just asking.

There was a response from a constituent a few hours later:

Bob Yates ā€@OldDrum

@RepHartzler Why post photos that are lies? There is no Bunyamin Applebaum at the NY Times. Binyamin A. wrote no story like this 7/11. 9:07 AM – 12 Jul 2014

Representative Hartzler (r) responded in turn:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler ā€@RepHartzler

@OldDrum [article link] 10:10 AM – 12 Jul 2014

Well, yes there is a Binyamin Appelbaum who is a reporter at the New York Times. And the article was actually dated June 11, 2014. Uh, that was a month ago. Maybe Representative Hartzler (r) still uses dial-up on a 1200 baud modem.

The punch line? Part of the caption for the Associated Press photo accompanying the New York Times article:

“…Some economists say the decline in government spending has hurt the recovery…”

Think about that for a second. Representative Hartzler (r) is utilizing a month old article in the New York Times to assist her in spinning criticism of the current state of the economy, while missing the photo caption in the same article which indicates that a probable contributor to that problem is the implementation of her party’s obstructionist ideology in Congress. Sweet.

Now that’s real chutzpah.