Thursday, December 4, 2008

Bailout BS

If the facts don't matter, then why even bother pretending that you're a legitimate news organization?
On the December 3 edition of CNN's Situation Room, host Wolf Blitzer falsely claimed that an autoworker who belongs to the United Auto Workers "makes $73 an hour, on average, when you factor in all the benefits, compared to $48 an hour for nonunion autoworkers here in the United States." In fact, according to General Motors, the figure representing the hourly cost of labor to U.S. automakers -- a cost that GM puts at $69 -- includes not only current workers' hourly wages and benefits, such as health care and retirement, but also retirement and health-care benefits that U.S. automakers are providing for retirees, as Media Matters for America has noted.
This line of disingenuous bullshit has needlessly harmed the Big 3 automakers in their pursuit of a government-backed bailout. If the effort fails on it's own merits, fine. But let's at least have an honest dialogue about it, OK?

I expect this sort of thing from FOX "Fair and Balanced" News. But CNN should know better.

1 comment:

Mberenis said...

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Bailout Spillover