Boxer v. Fong

Tom Lehman uswa12 at
Wed Oct 28 08:43:11 PST 1998

Dear Doug and the LBOers,

We had a Lorain, Ohio version of a "swankenda" for Labor Secretary Alexis Herman Monday night . Interestingly enough it was covered by three newspapers, the large regional Plain Dealer, and two smaller regionals the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram and the Lorain Morning Journal. All three newspapers carried different accounts of the event. That is why media competition is healthy.

Sincerely, Tom Lehman

sokol at wrote:

> 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.
> regards,
> Wojtek

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