White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday publicly dismissed the New York Post's bombshell report alleging that census data was "faked" leading up to the 2012 presidential election.
The report, citing "reliable sources," including one who reportedly said he was willing to appear before Congress, claims the manipulated data may have helped lower the nation's unemployment rate sharply from 8.1 to 7.8 percent in September 2012.
White House press secretary Jay Carney listens during his daily news briefing at the White House in Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. AP
"That story is obviously misleading. I think a lot of people shed a lot of credibility engaging in conspiracy theories last fall about, you know, rigged jobs numbers," Carney said Tuesday in response to a question from ABC News' Jonathan Karl.
Carney argued the jobs numbers "certainly didn't feel like they were helping us" at the time, including one month where there were zero jobs created in August 2011 only to be revised to 100,000 jobs.
"So, there's nothing to any of this?" Karl pressed.
"Absolutely not," Carney responded.