Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin;
How often do you come across an article or a television news story that presents a poor person in a positive light? Or for that matter when do you read about or see a story on an unemployed individual or the challenges of a working class American whose salary is receding as the stock market soars? [...]
In short, if you are not a member of the economically made, political or corporate elite, you generally don’t appear in the news. You are voiceless, faceless. The reality is that you are not news; your existence is hardly worthy of note, with the obligatory exception of an occasional “gee it’s tough to live like this” profile of a “welfare mom” or person unemployed and looking for work for three or four years. [...]
Otherwise, in urban areas, the only regular stories you see about the poor is the knife and gun coverage of violence [...]
Some union members are well into the middle class, but even labor gets short shrift by the corporate mainstream media. Why? Many reasons, but one of the big ones is that the owners of news “machines” in America are generally not keen on unions. They cut into their media conglomerate profits. So why promote the union viewpoint?
But there’s another key point to remember. News that relies on advertising for revenue and profit – which is almost all the news media …– are shaped as conduits for advertisers to deliver to a defined market. And guess what? Poor and low income people don’t have the money to make them a desirable advertising audience (with some exceptions) for big media. So why write articles about them in the corporate media? [...]
To many in the society, their mere presence on earth blights the landscape of the prosperous.
Please read the entire post here.