Boxer v. Fong

sokol at sokol at
Wed Oct 28 08:12:58 PST 1998

At 02:50 PM 10/27/98 -0800, Brad DeLong wrote inter alia:

>What does it say about American politics that the entire media finds
>proposals to massively shift the distribution of income toward the rich to
>be... boring? It's not that the corporate multinational masters of the
>media excise discussions of income distribution from articles. It's not
>that legions of paid supply-side snake-oil salesmen have brainwashed
>reporters into believing that every time you cut marginal tax rates you
>raise tax revenues.
>It's just that your average reporter finds talk about who and how much
>government policy enriches... boring.

Perhaps, but that is the reflection of corporate media culture. Reporters who do not write stories that do not keep the "party line" do not get very far in the media world. Unlike those who do follow the party line. See, for example The Nation's article on th ebias reporting in New York Times by Gina Kolata.

The problem of the lack of interest you mention lack not in individual reporters' attitudes, but in the failure to invite the "right" mdedia to your event. Or perhaps it is the problem of the virtual absence of independent media in the US.



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