Preface by Cathy Geibel TLB writer/reporter
This old hippie wants to know, “When did the mindset of society flip flop?” When did the “left wing” media become so “conservative”? Back in “the day” the liberal left wing would have been all over causes such as clean air, clean water and clean food yet when Millions Against Monsanto march you can almost hear the crickets. When did “the left” sell out to big money and big business? I am old enough to remember the sit ins, protests, people shackling themselves to trees, tractors and being carted off by police as they took on the “establishment”. Did everyone simply get old and lazy or are they really controlling our minds and dumbing us down with chemtrails in the air, toxins in the vaccines, mind control from the television and toxins in our food? I long for the day when society becomes so outraged that we finally en mass channel the 1960’s again and show them we ARE a force to be reckoned with!
By J. D. Heyes
In what is being hailed as a “day of action,” supporters of a $15 minimum wage – even for jobs that are unskilled and require little training – took to the streets April 14 in some 300 cities around the United States, demanding arbitrary raises from hard-pressed businesses already suffering through a no-growth Obama economy.
And of course, the Left-wing mainstream media was all over it – even across the ocean, where European legacy media outlets share the same radical “progressivist” views as their American counterparts.
“Billboards in Times Square shone bright on Thursday morning as hundreds of workers huddled in front of a nearby McDonald’s. The early hour of 6am was not enough to dim the joyous feel of this gathering, taking place just weeks after California and New York became the first states to raise their minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022,” beamed Britain’s The Guardian.
“In Chicago, one of 300 cities worldwide where strikes and protests are scheduled, marchers are scheduled to gather outside of a child care center, a public school, a university, a nursing home, a staffing firm, a bank and billionaire Ken Griffin’s [CEO of global investment firm Citadel] Magnificent Mile penthouse,” the Chicago Tribune reported, insinuating that Griffin and other wealthy people deserve to be targeted just because they made something of themselves.
Politics and advocacy, and tens of millions of reasons
“Most of the Fight for $15 protests in the last three years have centered around fast-food workers, who’ve made a point of pillorying the likes of McDonald’s and Pizza Hut for paying low wages. But the campaign has broadened to include workers of all stripes who claim they’re being shortchanged. The protests have prompted a rash of minimum-wage hikes that seemed borderline unimaginable just a few years ago. Officials in both California and New York recently announced that they would gradually phase in $15 statewide wage floors,” The Huffington Post eagerly reported.
These are just a few of the mainstream media examples of pandering to this very politically motivated issue. Echoing the radicalism of Che, Stalin, Marx, Lenin and the Castro brothers, among others, the vast majority of America’s traditional media is all in with this effort, covering it breathlessly as a means of fanning the flames of the next great revolution. Never mind that they’re helping destroy the U.S. economy and free-market system in the process – anything for the masses (even widespread unemployment, which is going to be the end result of this movement).
But if you haven’t noticed, the mainstream media is awfully picky – as in, hypocritical – of the movements it chooses to back. For instance, the Tea Party movement, which began in 2010, was a groundswell, but because its supporters favored conservative solutions to economic and tax policy and not a doubling down on the same old tired (and failed) policies of Obama the Alinskyite, the media (and Obama’s IRS) treated them with disgust and derision.
Dollars and [no] sense
But at least the Tea Party got some coverage. When it came to “March Against Monsanto” supporters, millions of whom marched down streets in scores of cities across the country and around the world, there was a literal blackout of coverage by the same media who try to portray themselves so piously when it comes “preferred” social activism.
Now, why is that, you think? Yes, part of the reason is sociopolitical. But another, far more powerful reason, is that Monsanto spends hundreds of millions of dollars a year –more than any other agribusiness – in outright advertising and lobbying efforts, “to persuade Congress and the public to maintain the industrial agriculture status quo,” says the Union of Concerned Scientists.
And many of those ad dollars, of course, go to the mainstream media.
Now you know what makes an issue an “issue” for the mainstream media – political advocacy, sure, but also cold, hard cash. And Monsanto, unfortunately, has plenty of it spread around.
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