Feb
01
2009

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

Corporate outlets suddenly discover ‘workers rights’

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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 […]

Feb
01
2009

SoundBites

‘Moral Clarity’ or Potential War Crime? The Associated Press reported (12/27/08) that “thousands of Gazans received Arabic-language cell-phone messages from the Israeli military, urging them to leave homes where militants might have stashed weapons.” Columnist Charles Krauthammer cited this report (Washington Post, 1/2/09), as evidence that while “some geopolitical conflicts are morally complicated . . . the Israel/Gaza war is not.” Krauthammer declared, “It possesses a moral clarity not only rare but excruciating. Israel is so scrupulous about civilian life that, risking the element of surprise, it contacts enemy noncombatants in advance to warn them of approaching danger.” Amnesty International […]