I often hear from indignant or disappointed Twitter followers that the progressive MSNBC political show hosts don't go to bat for this or that cause, and have threatened to boycott the network if their favorites let them down. I understand the frustration, but unfortunately, demands like those are not always realistic.
What many don't realize is, at least in some cases, on-air personalities are unable to speak out for contractual reasons. "Breach of contract" is nothing to sneeze at. For example, protesting on MSNBC air time or threatening to walk out on their jobs because of Martin Bashir's departure was very likely not an option. They'd get their asses sued faster than Megyn Kelly can say "Santa Claus is white."
However, perhaps publicly backing workers who want to join unions is different, and the AFL-CIO is all over them about that. I'm no legal expert, so I have no idea if this particular action would be contractually kosher or not.
The AFL-CIO is calling upon liberal MSNBC hosts to meet with workers at the cable network who are trying to unionize.
In a letter sent to Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, Rev. Al Sharpton, Chris Hayes and Lawrence O’Donnell, the nation’s largest labor federation said the television personalities should speak out in support of workers at Peacock Productions, who produce programming for MSNBC.
Workers at Peacock have complained about their access to health insurance, low pay, long hours and job insecurity, according to the AFL-CIO letter. [...]
The union drive has become a headache for MSNBC. The liberal-leaning network covered the battle between unions and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) over collective bargaining. But the network hosts have been silent regarding the Peacock workers who are fighting their employer.
"All In" host Chris Hayes has already secretly met with workers, per Salon.
Ed Schultz has been a strong and consistent supporter of labor unions on his show. He regularly travels to GOP-run, union-busting states and brought us live reporting that is sorely missing elsewhere in the "news" media. And according to Salon, he has pushed back against criticism that he has not stood by workers.
As Rachel likes to say, "Watch this space."
As Ed Schultz always opines, it's time to get to work. The government shutdown is over, for now. The debt-ceiling is raised for now. So what's next? President Obama makes that pretty clear:
It's most certain, in Obama's words and most Americans thoughts, that this wake-up call that the Republicans and the Tea-party foisted on us at the estimated cost of $24 Billion be put aside and our elected officials who have let us down, come to their senses. They need to focus on what the majority of Americans sent them there to do.
Grow this economy
Create great good jobs
Strengthen the middle class
Educate our kids
Lay the foundation for broad-based prosperity
Stengthen Social Security & Medicare
Negotiated peace worldwide
Get the U.S. fiscal house in order for the long haul.
It's really time to stop wasting America's precious resources and efforts. We now have a greater debt to the tune of $24 billion because of political game playing. Someone(s) have to pay for the damage they caused. Boehner? The Tea Party? Ted Cruz?
If this isn't addressed and soon, the entire congress must go. According to an NBC poll, this is a popular idea with 60% of the public. It'll be a shame to lose the few good representatives, but they'll get their chance to come back after sitting out the next dance. Then maybe they'll get an opportunity to listen to what America is really saying. It's saying help us by doing your jobs.
And on that subject, you could help us do ours, here at The Political Carnival. As you know, it's our Fall fundraiser. If you have the chance and haven't done so already, we could sure use your help in reaching our goal. We know it's tough sledding out there. It is here as well. Any contribution is greatly appreciated.