RUSH: From the Politico today: "The two issues dominating Washington in recent months -- gun control and immigration -- are near the bottom of Americans’ concerns, according to a new poll." Now, this is actually not a new poll. This is a Gallup poll we had last week. They just heard about this at the Politico, but since they published this, I wanted to go ahead and mention it again. "Only 50% of Americans said reforming immigration should be a high priority in the Gallup poll on Tuesday and 55% said the same of reducing gun violence.
"Those two issues were at the bottom of a list of 12 presented by Gallup." Do you know what the top of the issues are? It's what we've been hearing all week: Economic issues, jobs, wages, salaries, you name it. And, of course, "What difference does that make?"
Obama to Campaign on Jobs in Texas
RUSH: Did you hear that the president is gonna refocus on jobs? Yeah, I just heard. He's gonna embark on another campaign-type tour, and that's the word in the headline, to "refocus" on jobs. I don't know what he's going to do.
He's gonna go out and tell people that he's refocusing on jobs. He's gonna go out and have campaign-style appearances where he's telling people he's working hard on jobs now. Look, the gun thing bit the dust, the immigration bill is in trouble (everybody knows that it's in trouble), and now this Gallup poll comes out that says nobody cares about these things. We talked about it yesterday. It's huge disconnect between people in Washington and what's important to them.
T-Mobile Sells 500,000 iPhones in a Month
RUSH: This is just a illustration here of how the media does things. It's a tech blog called AllThingsD, All Things Digital, and it's part of the Wall Street Journal. Although that's where the similarity ends. Now, T-Mobile was the last of the major American cell phone carriers to get the iPhone, and they just started selling the iPhone last month. Now, April is the first month of the second quarter. January, February, March, Q1. April, May, June, Q2, and so it goes. Headline: "T-Mobile Sold 500,000 iPhones in Q1, Revenue Dipped 7%."
So if you're a low-information voter and you read that T-Mobile sold 500,000 iPhones and it didn't matter, they still sell their business off by 7%. "T-Mobile released full first-quarter financials late Tuesday evening, adding that it has also sold more than 500,000 iPhones since it began selling the iPhone on April 12. For the quarter ending March 31, T-Mobile reported a 7 percent dip in revenue." That 7% dip does not include the sale of the iPhones. The headline is factually incorrect. T-Mobile didn't sell any iPhones in Q1. Revenue did go down 7%. T-Mobile sold 500,000 iPhones in two weeks, or three, and they're not through selling 'em.
No, I'm not doing this 'cause I have a thing for the iPhone. They added 579,000 subscribers. With those 500,000 phones sold, they added 579,000 new customers. And yet the story is how they're losing their shirt. It happens everywhere, is my only point. This is kind of like the guns and immigration, if you didn't know any better, you'd think that's all anybody cares about in America, and they don't care. I mean, the immigration and guns bills are concerning to people who do not want them to happen.
The media and the people inside the Beltway and in New York are of the belief that amnesty and getting rid of the Second Amendment are the only things that matter and they're trying to force them. The American people don't care about that. They're trying to stop both of those things from happening, and instead want jobs. So it's the same misdirection, misreporting, creating false impressions of people in the news, false images, factually incorrect assertions. Believe me, folks, it happens all over the place.
Obamacare Forces Retailers to Cut Worker Hours; NYT Looks for Silver Linings
RUSH: Here's a story in Investors.com: "Retailers are cutting worker hours at a rate not seen in more than three decades -- a sudden shift that can only be explained by the onset of Obamacare's employer mandates. Nonsupervisory employees logged an average 30.0 hours per week in April, the shortest retail workweek since early 2010."
Retailers are slashing hours rapidly as they prepare for Obamacare to avoid two things: health insurance coverage and fines. And this is just one of many such ways that they are having to prepare for this soon-to-come onslaught.
RUSH: The New York Times has a story out today that tries to find the silver lining in all the people being forced into part-time work. People are gonna have more time for their families and so forth, really a stretch.
No Book Deal Yet for Jason Collins
RUSH: Nobody's talking about Jason Collins, other than people in the media and in Washington.
Oh, by the way, ladies and gentlemen, let me see if I can find it here. I put it near the bottom of the Stack and I wonder if it's still near the bottom of the Stack. Oh, I gotta pull this out. That's an interesting illustration of media. Jason Collins is seeking a book deal. That's what I'm looking for here. Yeah, here it is. "Jason Collins Seeking Book Deal, Officials Tell AP -- Jason Collins, the NBA veteran who last week announced he was gay, is seeking a book deal, the Associated Press has learned.
"Officials at three publishing houses said Monday that they had been contacted about a planned memoir by Collins, the first active player in any of four major US professional sports leagues to come out as gay. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the proceedings. The officials said Collins was working on the book with Sports Illustrated's Franz Lidz, to whom he broke the news that he was gay, and was being represented by Kristine Dahl of International Creative Management."
So he doesn't have a book deal. He's just seeking one.