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Corporate Media Will Turn Your Brain to Mush June 3, 2009

Posted by Dwight Furrow in Current Events, Dwight Furrow's Posts, politics.
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This morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe there was the usual right-wing nonsense. Today’s topic was union-bashing.

The guest was the New York Times business correspondent Andrew Ross Sorkin who declared: 

“Name a successful unionized company. Think. You’re going to go to [commercial] break before you come up with one. And that’s the problem.” Mika Brzezinski, added “[Unions] cripple the system that makes a company work.”


The blogosphere is alive today with people listing the countless unionized companies that made money last year despite the recession. TPM has one list.

Andrew Ross Sorkin is not some hippy blogger. He is one of their top business correspondents for the “paper of record”, the “grey lady”, the New York Times!

As Media Matters opines:

This says more about their qualifications to discuss public policy and labor relations than it says about unions. To pick just one obvious example, UPS is unionized — and the company made more than $3 billion last year. That’s “billion” with a “b,” and those are profits, not revenues.

Oh, what the heck, let’s take one more example. GE is one of the world’s largest companies; in 2006, its revenues were greater than the gross domestic products of 80 percent of UN nations. The company made more than $18 billion in 2008 — again, billion with a b, and again, those are profits, not revenue. All that despite (or, perhaps, because of) the fact that 13 different unions represent GE workers.

Oh, and GE owns NBC-Universal, which owns MSNBC, which pays Joe Scarborough a handsome salary (and the unionized workers who help get his show on the air considerably less.)

Does Joe Scarborough think NBC and GE are not “successful” companies? Does Mika Brzezinski think the unionized workers she no doubt interacts with every day are crippling her ability to do her job, or her employer’s ability to be successful?


When these people go out of business, we just might get our democracy back.


book-section-book-cover2 Dwight Furrow is author of

Reviving the Left: The Need to Restore Liberal Values in America

or Visit the Website: www.revivingliberalism.com



1. Paul J. Moloney - June 4, 2009

It could be said that some people are anti-union because they do not want to reason with others. The only people that do not want to reason with others are unreasonable people. It behooves, apparently, greedy people not to reason with anyone because it cuts into their profits. Greedy people would rather pay other unreasonable people vast sums of money to protect them from having to reason with anyone, such as employees.

Better products and services come from better people. The better people are the reasonable people rather than the unreasonable people. Better people are going to want to work at better places to work. The place where people are reasonable is the better place to work. The unreasonable employers are going to end up with unreasonable employees, and there goes the quality of the products and services.

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