Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.
See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?
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.
I got the blog headline from this tweet:
Billionaire Mitt Romney described the "heroes in the homes of the nation":
"Single moms who are working two jobs so their kids can have the same kind of kids [he meant "things"] other kids at school have. Dads who don't know what a weekend is, because they've taken on so many jobs to make sure they can keep the house. We're a patriotic people. The heart of America is good."
Gee, he's not out of touch at all, is he? It's hard to find too many major political figures who would say something so asinine, so insensitive, and so disconnected from everyday Americans.
But I managed to find one:
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, but nevertheless, there's a certain comfort to know that the promises made will be kept by the government.
MS. MORNIN: Yes.
THE PRESIDENT: And so thank you for asking that. You don't have to worry.
MS. MORNIN: That's good, because I work three jobs and I feel like I contribute.
THE PRESIDENT: You work three jobs?
MS. MORNIN: Three jobs, yes.
THE PRESIDENT: Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that. (Applause.) Get any sleep? (Laughter.)
MS. MORNIN: Not much. Not much.
THE PRESIDENT: Well, hopefully, this will help you get you sleep to know that when we talk about Social Security, nothing changes.
MS. MORNIN: Okay, thank you.
THE PRESIDENT: That's great.
Arthur Delaney got it right. Republicans like Romney and Bush really believe that struggling, miserable Americans make this country great.
Actually, those two poor excuses for political leaders are exceptionally miserable Americans, and they have not made this country great, but they have done what they can to make the rest of us struggle.
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