Labor Secretary Hilda Solis indirectly responded to Welch's accusation on CNN. "This is a methodology that's been used for decades. And it is insulting when you hear people just cavalierly say that somehow we're manipulating numbers," she said.
Related: 'It's Outrageous' to Say the Jobs Number is Manipulated: EPI's Mishel
Welch has responded to the criticism and backlash in various interviews, and says he is not backing down from his assertion.
On Wednesday, Mr. "Straight from the Gut" wrote an op/ed in the Wall Street Journal entitled "I Was Right About That Strange Jobs Report." He writes:
"Unfortunately for those who would like me to pipe down, the 7.8% unemployment figure released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) last week is downright implausible. And that's why I made a stink about it."
He compares the U.S. to a "Soviet Russia" or a "Communist China" because of the attacks he received for questioning the validity of government data. Welch does say he would change one part of the Tweet:
"As I said that same evening in an interview on CNN, if I could write that tweet again, I would have added a few question marks at the end, as with my earlier tweet, to make it clear I was raising a question."
In the accompanying video, The Daily Ticker's Aaron Task and Henry Blodget discuss Welch's charge against the Obama Administration. Since the incident, Welch has terminated his contract with Fortune and Reuters after receiving criticism from those media outlets.
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