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Fighting Spending Cuts in Ohio, NYT Focuses on Union Jobs, Not $8B Deficit .
Wall Street Journal ^ | MARCH 23, 2011. | CLAY WATERS

Posted on 03/23/2011 1:27:58 AM PDT by Scanian

From the Media Research Center

The New York Times versus state spending cuts. Reporter Sabrina Tavernise went to the downtrodden town of Gallipolis, Ohio, and collected a grab bag of sympathetic liberal anecdotes about government workers threatened by a bill that would restrict public-sector unions, for Wednesday's "Ohio Town Sees Public Job As Only Route To Middle Class."

Tavernise focused solely on the plight of low-income workers, including unionized government workers, while failing to mention the state's $8 billion deficit (a number included only in an Associated Press sidebar story, "Governor's Budget Seeks To Limit Union Influence.")

"Jodi and Ralph Taylor are public workers whose jobs as a janitor and a sewer manager cover life's basics. They have moved out of a trailer into a house, do not have to rely on food stamps and sometimes even splurge for the spicy wing specials at the Courtside Bar and Grill.

While that might not seem like much, jobs like theirs, with benefits and higher-than-minimum wages, are considered plum in this depressed corner of southern Ohio. Decades of industrial decline have eroded private-sector jobs here, leaving a thin crust of low-paying service work that makes public-sector jobs look great in comparison.

Now, as Ohio's legislature moves toward final approval of a bill that would chip away at public-sector unions, those workers say they see it as the opening bell in a race to the bottom. At stake, they say, is what little they have that makes them middle class."

Tavernise described Gallipolis as "a faded town on the Ohio River, one whose fortunes fell with the decline in industries like steel in bigger cities along the river." She certainly painted it bleakly:

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: leftwingprofessor; liberalanecdotes; lsm; nytimes
I realize it is old hat and a cliché to attack the bias of the NY Times. Still, I think it's worthwhile to expose their prejudices once in a while.
1 posted on 03/23/2011 1:28:08 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Good find, comparing the struggles of lower income workers and the road to freedom provided by state jobs. Where the left wing nut job who wrote this article falls off the chart in in the relationship with workers, their union vs bankrupt states. Government workers should have never has the right to enter into relationships with labor unions. Labor moved into these relationships because they found a stable working force that could be robbed of union dues. Jobs that would never be eliminated(they thought) or moved overseas.

Its time to end this!

2 posted on 03/23/2011 1:35:07 AM PDT by JohnD9207 (John McCain is a proud Ted Kennedy conservative!)
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To: JohnD9207

“Left-wing nut job”

Do you mean Tavernise, the quoted Times writer, or the rather even-handed WSJ writer, Clay Waters?

Tavernise was absolutely extreme left. But I don’t see how Waters could be accused of that. He was trying to expose the Times’ bias.

3 posted on 03/23/2011 1:43:02 AM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: Scanian

Tavernise, the quoted Times writer of course!

4 posted on 03/23/2011 2:24:07 AM PDT by JohnD9207 (John McCain is a proud Ted Kennedy conservative!)
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To: JohnD9207

I just wanted to clarify.

Not everybody has the same definition of left-wing.

5 posted on 03/23/2011 2:25:55 AM PDT by Scanian (i)
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6 posted on 03/23/2011 3:04:16 AM PDT by Ghengis
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To: Scanian

Did the NYT reporter think to ask what part union contracts played in making the steel and auto-related industries leave Ohio, and Michigan, and Indiana? Unions are a version of a Ponzi scheme. The first ones in make a lot of money, businesses can’t afford their escalating costs and close or move, and there are no jobs except government “make work” jobs left.

7 posted on 03/23/2011 4:05:44 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: kittymyrib

That is how Punky runs his business on credit. Unlike his elders who actually made a profit at the New York Times but I guess profit is a bad word at New York Times.

8 posted on 03/23/2011 4:37:04 AM PDT by scooby321
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To: Scanian

What is the purpose of public education? I’m starting to think that it’s sole raison d’etre is to provide jobs for whiny libs.

9 posted on 03/23/2011 8:04:41 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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