Feb
01
2009

A Note from the Publisher

By Deborah Thomas Dear FAIR Friend, It’s with great excitement that Extra! moves into the new year with our new monthly edition. So far we’ve received great feedback; we hope that people continue to send us letters to the editor, quick notes or emails about the format and the stories we are covering. We work hard every day to monitor the corporate media. They’re a slippery bunch and it’s easy to forget how you can just read right by the “unnamed sources” and the “Pentagon says.” But you know when you receive your monthly issue of Extra!, hear the latest […]

Feb
01
2009

For Media, 'Card Check' Promise Is One to Break

Corporate outlets suddenly discover ‘workers rights’

Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons/wisaflcio

If corporate media really cared about workers rights, there probably would have been more than zero stories on those rights on the nightly broadcast news in the last year. And labor representatives would likely have provided more than the not quite 0.2 percent of nightly news sources found in a recent survey (Extra!, 5-6/02). Yet we are to believe that concern for workers rights drives some elite media to oppose the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). EFCA would allow workers to form a union when a majority sign authorization cards, rather than holding an election. Current law already allows this […]