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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 07:58 PM
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Extremist Media Steps Up Attacks on Workers, Unions

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by Tula Connell, Aug 11, 2010



In their attack on the union movement, extremist reactionary media outlets increasingly are depicting unions and workers as thugs, Communists and destroyers of free enterprise. Media Matters has compiled these recent attacks and were cross-posting some of the watchdog groups findings here. We urge all unionists to take a minute from pinko thuggery to check it out.

The Blame Game: Conservative Media Try to Pin Problems on Unions

Beck says unions have raped police and firefighters. On the August 4 edition of his radio program, Glenn Beck said of unions: Look what theyve done to the police and firemen. Theyve raped these guys. Along with politicians. Along with politiciansraped them. The bravest among us. Beck went on to ask, What, do you think the politicians are not in bed with the unions?

Beck blames unions for woes of local governments and industries. On the February 25 edition of The Glenn Beck Program, Beck blamed unions for the financial woes of local governments, the auto industry, airlines, schools, the steel industry, and the textile industry. He continued: Mr. President, until you get the unions out of this business, I dont think we have anything to talk about.

Carlson blames cost of living in NYC on union pensions and raising taxes for schools. On the August 5 edition of Fox News Fox & Friends, co-host Gretchen Carlson asserted that the cost of living in New York City, California, and Honolulu is so expensive because of union pensions; because of raising costs for other things; for raising taxes along the way for schools. Carlson concluded: If you go back in history and look at who incorporated a lot of that, maybe the blame comes right back to the same party. Or maybe it doesnt.

Root: Unions destroy capitalism and free enterprise. On the May 27, 2009, edition of Fox News Glenn Beck, guest Wayne Allyn Root stated that a point we all agree on is that unions destroy capitalism and free enterprise. As examples, Root cited the public school system, the auto industry, and the steel industry. Beck pushed back slightly, stating that hes against unions, but not all unions and explaining that the way to success is to be a decent person, treat other people with dignity, give them a good fair living wage because if youre good to your people theyre going to make a better product, everybody wins.

Bernard: lot of labor unions are what holds America back and keeps us from being as good as we can be. On the August 19, 2009, edition of MSNBCs Morning Meeting, Independent Womens Forum CEO Michelle Bernard stated:

The labor unions right now simply exist for one reason: To self-perpetuate, receiving union dues, and having political influence. I think its absolutely amazing to watch that clip from The Rachel Maddow Show last night where this guy is, hes saying to President Obama, Im strong arming you, buddy.

And my answer to this would be they are showing themselves to be as ridiculous as many members of the American public think they are. What happened to pragmatism, what happened to competition, and what actually happened to winning? Maybe it would be great for the Democratic Party to lose the support of labor unions because quite honestly, a lot of labor unions are what holds America back and keeps us from being as good as we can be.

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muntrv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:02 PM
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1. Righties: "American workers need to work for slave wages for
American prosperity."
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DBoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:12 PM
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2. "you'll work harder with a gun in our back for a bowl of rice a day" nt
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felix_numinous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:32 PM
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3. I wish I had a time machine
to send some people back to the "good 'ol days'!

This is what happens when social studies is not taught anymore-first time I heard that I knew we were in deep trouble.
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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-10 05:51 AM
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4. Kick
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