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Media Coverage on Labor Matters
The Newspaper Article: “With Janus, the Court Deals Unions a Crushing Blow. Now What?”
Although labor and, particularly labor unions, remains one of the central institutions in
the U.S. and elsewhere on the planet, media labor coverage can generally be described as a rot.
During the periods of aggravated labor activities, specifically in the 1930s up until the 1970s, the
media could cover labor intensively, accurately, and sympathetically. The manner in which New
York Times covered court's ruling on one of the most serious issues affecting labor unions in the
case of Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees is just an
instance to prove that media role in labor coverage as evolved for the worse.
In a nutshell, the case was that Janus (an employer) held that he could not pay a fee to the
union representing workers in his organization, citing the First Amendment. The court ruled
against the union and, hence, the policy could affect organized labor in America. The misery is
how media, for this case, The New York Times, reported the whole issue. In the New's article
titled "With Janus, the Court Deals Unions a Crushing Blow. Now What?" Martin's suggestions
including political activity, submergence of citizenship issues, and calls relations are evident.
Similarly, the filters of Chomsky and Herman's propaganda model are apparently at work in this
media reporting. This paper (1) examines how media covers labor issues, (2) using the evidence
from The New York Times Newspaper reporting on the court's ruling on the case of Janus v.
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, and (3) on the lens of Martin's
suggestions and Chomsky and Herman's propaganda model.
Nowadays, the media rarely covers the issues of labor, and when it does, it often
approaches them in a politically-inclined dimension; and that's what The New York Times did
when it was reporting on the issue of "right-to-work" as that the court recently ruled on. While
the organized labor seemed to be a victim of circumstances when it came to the ruling and its
interpretation, the newspaper went ahead to forge an attack on the unions. To begin, the headline
itself (With Janus, the Court Deals Unions a Crushing Blow. Now What?) was critical as labor
unions as losers and weak entities have neither potential nor future. On the contrast, it depicted
Janus among other employers, including the government, as the winners and successful parties in
the workplace courtesy of the ruling. Additionally, the newspaper portrayed labor unions as
politically constituted and as institutions that serve the political agenda of a particular political
side rather than an association of employees with common interests that teams to attain collective
bargaining base. According to the newspaper, unions have evolved into organizations that overrely on paid workers to lobby elected individuals. However, the other way could be true: the
media has become an institution that serves the agenda of the political class and the elite.
As evident in the newspaper, the media ground its reporting on class relations maybe
because it serves the elite class or because it targets the same group for profitability. Unions are
vocal in bargaining for workers' terms and are evident from the records of the 1940s after the
World War II where the unions intensively fought for their members’ right, and the media have
labor matters much airtime. However, despite the need, despite the interest, the general public
can get nothing of any real value concerning organized labor from this newspaper reporting.
Instead, any general public member reading this news item would value to fight for his working
rights as an individual rather than joining a union. The New York Times argues "...working
people are their own best champions." The case is not always true if at all any point it does.
Union offer security, strong bargaining platform, and better negotiation techniques for their
members. However, because the media is currently serving the elite (the employers and
government) who want to kill the unions to garner bargaining strong bargaining ground by
killing that of their workers) they present the unions as feeble, subjective, and powerless.
By and large, the Chomsky and Herman's propaganda model c...