for ABC news, it turns out…

….that labor unions are a “special interest” while corporate interests are somehow doing the will of the people. That is how Jake Tapper framed it tonight on ABC World News when reporting on Tuesday’s recall election of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. The report led off by saying that the Tuesday election would be a “test of how far governor’s can go in taking on special interests.” I laughed out loud. They really aren’t even trying to be journalists or objective anymore. Sure, teacher’s unions are a special interest, but so are the Koch brothers and myriad other corporate interests that have pumped $20 million into the state to try and protect Walker (and who bought him his seat in the first place.) The report did acknowledge that much of the money has come from out of state, but it didn’t really distinguish between the money being spent for Walker and that being spent for Tom Barrett, and it didn’t report the fact that all told Walker has about a 20 to 1 advantage in money. So now even for the so-called objective mainstream news teachers unions are a special interest while corporate interests aren’t, and somehow governors like Scott Walker are fighting for the average American. And black is white and up is down, and oh, journalism is dead in America. They always wonder why viewership of network news keeps falling. Maybe it’s because grownups are tired of pabulum.

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About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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