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  •  Once, when I was a kid, practically every... (14+ / 0-)

    ...medium-sized to large newspaper in the country had a full-time labor reporter on staff. Now, there are about five nationwide.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 11:18:53 AM PST

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      That reminds me of when I started cleaning airplanes overnight & got my first exposure to the Wall Street Journal (other than their editorial board).  I remember how SHOCKED I was to see them actually covering labor issues, sometimes on the front page.  

      Unlike you, I never knew a time that most newspapers didn't believe business = management & that's all we need to cover.  Employees don't exist except in the drone sense.

      It's the 1984ing of our society.  Even covering labor as news has been turned into something that feels partisan and like an editorial, whereas covering management is just telling the facts, ma'am.  They reterm management's side as "the business" & since the business is "neutral", they aren't taking sides.

      In other words, they simultaneously portray "business" (in the general & specific sense) as this inanimate benign entity sans agenda  & animate businesses (the business is always the protagonist of the story). Management is not giving you THEIR side in a debate among equals, they're just speaking for "the business".  So we not only get no coverage of the workers inside but it subtly reinforces the "corps are people too" mentality by acting like the business has its own voice.

      Doublespeak on top of doublespeak.

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