Maybe you heard something about President Barack Obama’s recent criticism of the media: “If I say that the world is round and someone else says it’s flat, that’s worth reporting. But you might also want to report on a bunch of scientific evidence that seems to support the notion that the world is round.”
The president’s point is pretty clear. The media misinform the public when they decline to explain the difference between political spin and common knowledge.
The typical reporting on the so-called right-to-work laws is one of the most obvious examples. Seldom do the media explain that the very name of these laws is deceptive.
Seldom do the media (except for the Herald-Leader) explain the difference between union dues and agency fees.
The institutional racism in these laws is always overlooked. The difference between individual liberty and societal freedom is never explained. The difference between political policy and economic policy is ignored.
The long history of the struggle for rights in the workplace is not acknowledged. The media pretend the Gilded Age never happened. They dutifully report concerns about big government and seldom if ever mention corresponding concerns about the power of trans-national corporations.