The battle to reform spending on public employees is underway in a dozen states, and there’s little doubt as to which side the mainstream media is taking.
In Wisconsin, Republican Governor Scott Walker is leading the charge to reform spending on public services. This laudable effort to bring spending under control has been labeled “anti-union” and “union busting” by many in the mainstream media despite efforts by Walker and other governors to work with unions to reduce costs to what taxpayers can afford.
As of Sunday, pro- and anti-reform protesters continued to rally in Madison, and the mainstream media continued its one-sided coverage of the rallies. CNN posted an article by politico and Huffington post blogger Diane Ravitch, who warned of a “simmering rage among the nation’s teachers.” According to Ms Ravitch, a historian at New York University, reform efforts underway in various states would abolish teachers’ rights to “due process, seniority, and-in some states-their collective bargaining rights.” The purpose of union lobbying is said to be “to increase education funding and reduce class size.” Is this all? Is it not also about salaries, benefits, and the iron-clad guarantee of lifetime employment regardless of performance?
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Likewise on Sunday, CBS Sunday Morning reported that “tens of thousands” had “joined the demonstrations” on the side of unionized workers. As for those who support Gov. Walker, CBS called them “conservative activists” who favor “cut at all costs.” Also on Sunday, the ABC Evening News reported the day’s events from Madison with a story that featured interviews with four pro-union protesters but only one voice for reform-that of Gov. Walker.
Read More: By Jeffrey Folks, American Thinker