15 things everyone would know if there were a liberal media (Daily Kos)

Daily Kos contributor akadjian has written a brilliant piece, citing a number of stories which have gotten varying degrees of attention in the US' supposedly "liberal media."  Rather than attempt to summarize his work, I'm going to supply the bullet points for you and provide a link to the entire article for your perusal, along with a few comments of my own:

  1. Where the jobs went (Outsourcing).
    I know about this mostly because I actually WATCH the news ... and I'm not especially convinced that the out-flux of jobs under Bush 43 has in any way been compensated for during the Obama administration.
  2. Upward wealth redistribution and/or inequality.
    We've talked this to death all over A|N ... but again, you got an informed population here.
  3. ALEC.
    I actually learned about ALEC from petition sites I subscribe to. Not certain I've heard word one about it in the major media AT ALL.
  4. The number of people in prison.
    Highest percentage in the world. Picked that up from HBO's The Newsroom.
  5. The number of black people in prison.
    This should be old news, and yet it isn't.
  6. U.S. health care costs are the highest in the world.
    Knew they were high, DIDN'T know no country's was higher. Meanwhile, Boehner and his troops voted down Obamacare for the 40th time recently!
  7. Glass-Steagall.
    Something else I learned from The Newsroom
  8. Gerrymandering.
    Major media has covered this a bit at least, though there should be more emphasis on it.
  9. The number of bills blocked by Republicans in Congress.
    Again, at least some coverage in the media, though this should be an utter point of shame for the Republican Party.
  10. The Citizens' United Supreme Court decision
    Again, old news ... for those who bother to be informed.
  11. Nixon’s Southern Strategy.
    VERY old news, but was hidden for a LONG time.
  12. Tax cuts primarily benefit the wealthy.
    Anyone here remember "voodoo economics?!?
  13. What's happening to the bees?
    CBS News 60 Minutes did a damned good story on this.
  14. The impact of temporary workers on our economy.
    There's been a LOT of talk about the DREAM act and coverage thereof but very little in-depth reporting on it, at least that I've seen.
  15. Media consolidation
    This one is dangerous as hell, especially since the Kochs seem to be interested in buying up a lot of media outlets.

Okay, there are the line-items and my $0.02 on them.  Again, the article is here and well worth your time.


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There's one you didn't mention. Which the right wing went ape shit about. Solyndra. When the govt. gave them the grant, the Chinese undercut the international market and sold solar panels at a loss. Just to corner the market. Boehner et al. were too moronic to actually see Beijing stealing a market from us, and decided to blame President Blackula instead. One more growth industry lost to America due to conservitards.

Point well made.  Another one would be the blind obstructionism practiced by the GOP, particularly in the House, but also in the Senate as well.  Point Nine goes to this, but not entirely and I think it deserves separate notice.

Thing is, though, these are akadjian's points, not mine.  Let HIM know, and maybe he'll add Points 16 and 17!

This is beautiful.  I will be sharing it as far and wide as I can.




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