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  •  More Evidence that the MSM is a failure: (62+ / 0-)

    From the Columbia Journalism Review:

    Two weeks ago The New York Times wheeled out that old chestnut of Great Recession-era economic reporting: Companies can’t find workers, despite high unemployment.


    But what really sends the BS meter into the red zone is when you learn that the anecdotes are populated with business people with ties to lobbying groups that news organizations, for whatever reason, fail to disclose.

    Take one of the Times’s main anecdotes, Drew Greenblatt, who owns a small manufacturing firm in Baltimore called Marlin Steel Wire and who gets his picture in the Times. This was his third NYT hit in three months. Here are Mr. Greenblatt’s other press hits in June: The NBC Nightly News, PBS Newshour (twice), NPR’s Morning Edition, The Hamilton Spectator. So far this year he’s also been on CNN Newsroom and Fox Business (four times), and in the Financial Times, Reuters, and the Associated Press, plus a number of smaller publications. Two years ago, Greenblatt and his company were the focus of a flattering 2,300 word Atlantic profile, and he scored a couple of WaPo profiles in 2001 and 2007. This guy is like the Greg Packer of small manufacturers.


    Undisclosed in any of these stories is the fact that Greenblatt is an executive-committee member of the board of the National Association of Manufacturers, the powerful DC trade lobby. NAM not only pushes Congress for anti-labor policies (like banning picketing), it lobbies for government-funded workforce training programs (“to be led by the business community,” naturally).


    His prominent NAM post, not to mention all this political activity, means Greenblatt’s NAM connections should be disclosed to readers. Yet none of the many news outlets that have quoted him has done so.

    Free markets would be a great idea, if markets were actually free.

    by dweb8231 on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 07:07:25 AM PDT

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    •  Huh. (17+ / 0-)

      That was, like, actual fact checking. And without cutesy "Pinnochios" and "truth-o-meters."


      You never trust a millionaire/Quoting the sermon on the mount/I used to think I was not like them/But I'm beginning to have my doubts -- The Arcade Fire

      by tomjones on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 07:23:33 AM PDT

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      •  It is NOT an isolated Case (41+ / 0-)

        From Balloon Juice:

        This morning, NPR’s Yuki Noguchi wanted to know how an ordinary small business owner feels now that the Obama health care law has been upheld. So she turned to this guy:

        The law will give some small businesses tax incentives to pay for employee health care. Starting in 2014, those with 50 or more employees will be required to provide it.
        That requirement is bad news for businesses like Perfect Printing in Moorestown, N.J. The company’s president and CEO, Joe Olivo, says he now has 48 employees, for whom he pays some health care coverage.

        But he’s intensely aware of crossing that 50-person threshold and will think very hard before hiring more people so he can avoid hitting government requirements that he says will raise his health care costs.

        Last night, Anne Thompson of NBC News wanted to know the same thing. So she turned to … the same guy:


        Well, as it turns out, Joe Olivo of Perfect Printing turns up quite a bit in public discussions of this and other issues. Here he is testifying against the health care law before House and Senate committees in January 2011.

        Here he is on the Fox Business Network around the same time, discussing the same subject.

        Here he is a few days ago, also on Fox Business, talking to John Stossel about the law.

        Here he is discussing the same subject on a New Jersey Fox affiliate.

        And here he is in July 2010 discussing small business hiring with Neil Cavuto on Fox News.

        Here he is opposing an increase in the minimum wage in an MSNBC debate a couple of weeks ago.

        Go to many of these links and you find out something about Joe Olivo that NPR and NBC didn’t tell you: he’s a member of the National Federation of Independent Business.

        NFIB’s site and YouTube page promote many of Olivo’s public appearances. He was the subject of an NFIB “My Voice in Washington” online video in 2011.

        NFIB, you will not be surprised to learn, is linked to the ALEC and Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, and to the usual rogues’ gallery of right-wing zillionaires.

        So Joe Olivo isn’t just some random business owner—he’s dispatched by NFIB whenever there’s a need for someone to play a random small business owner on TV

        ....and as before, none of the media who used his quotes bothered to, at a minimum, disclose his affiliation.

        Free markets would be a great idea, if markets were actually free.

        by dweb8231 on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 07:55:31 AM PDT

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        •  That's really funny (1+ / 0-)
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          because wasn't Kessler's original objection to the Bain story at the Boston Globe that the documents came from a person whose identity was not disclosed as  Democratic official? I wonder where he was on those NYTimes or NPR stories.

          As if the documents are somehow less valid because they came from a partisan source? Forgeries perhaps...

          You never trust a millionaire/Quoting the sermon on the mount/I used to think I was not like them/But I'm beginning to have my doubts -- The Arcade Fire

          by tomjones on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 08:29:26 AM PDT

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        •  Can you diary this? Seriously! This is big. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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          eXtina, surfermom

          That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

          by concernedamerican on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 02:10:31 PM PDT

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        •  stunning how it is considered simply acceptable (1+ / 0-)
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          to not offer health insurance to your employees (practically brag about it in fact) and complain - in public- that doing so will cause you such hardship you may not actually hire anyone else.

          NPR had another story with a restaurant owner with 65 employees who said the day of the sCOTUS ruling, he would fire 16 people to get under the limit.

          Is there NO shame?

          "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

          by eXtina on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 03:01:20 PM PDT

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    •  I think the technical term is "lazy". (3+ / 0-)
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      Read the NYTimes and listen to NPR for economic reporting. See if you can go five articles without bumping into someone from hedge fund billionaire Pete Peterson's anti-Social Security think tank.

      Only they won't ge labeled as such. They all simply come from the blandly named Institute for International Economics.

      It is, apparently, just too much work to call up your local University's Econ department and ask for someone with expertise on the particular subject in question. Better to hit up the folks at IIE who always just happen to have the right person available at the right time.

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