It’s been a while since we’ve given San Diego’s Daily Fishwrap any recognition. This week we’re giving them plenty of love. After all, you can only write so many stories about the local flagship of dead tree journalism sinking along with its cargo of reactionary ideas. But sometimes you’ve gotta stop biting your tongue and say “enough already”.
Regardless of your feelings about unions, it’s pretty obvious that an epic struggle, particularly around public employee unions, is shaping up around the country. Republican dominated administrations in a dozen-plus state have introduced legislation that will have an adverse impact on virtually all forms of union activity. There have been literally hundreds of rallies by pro-union activists, some attracting up to a half million people. Putting aside the politics of these situations, “something” is happening here that is engaging a lot of people in a lot of places with a lot of strong feelings. You’d think that an enterprising local newspaper might take notice. And they have–mostly by ignoring it.
Three rallies over the past two months sponsored by union groups reacting to events occurring in the national arena have been studiously ignored by the UT. After an public event at the County Administration building that was well publicized, well attended and included participation from significant local elected officials, we called out the local paper for its failure to even send a reporter. Frank Gormlie’s story here has all the details about these events, including a rally yesterday.
Today’s front page over at the paper gives extensive coverage to a “compromise” deal worked out over public employee pensions. There are quotes from elected officials and “taxpayer advocates” about what a great thing this deal is. Did the newspaper send a reporter to ask a single public employee or union leader what they thought of the deal? [Crickets….] Nope. It never occurred to them.
But hey, you say, the Union-Trib did run a feature story about AFL-CIO leader Lorena Gonzalez in their Tuesday business section, right? Well, yes they did. And reading the comments posted online it becomes pretty obvious that this “radical” departure from the paper’s usual obliviousness towards organized labor, you have to wonder if their motivation was really about inflaming their collection of nutjob followers.
Take away the fact that Gonzalez represents the AFL-CIO and what you’d see is a strong woman, who comes from a humble background and has shattered both race and gender barriers. (She is both the first woman and person of color to attain leadership in her organization locally.) If the article had been about a corporation with over a hundred thousand local employees, they’d have been touting her as the embodiment of the American dream. And, yes, she is also attractive.
As proof of our thesis here, we humbly offer a top ten list of comments posted online at SignOnSanDiego that made it past their “moderation” procedures. We wish this could be funny, but it’s not.
10. Perfect. They’ve put lipstick on the Union Pig.
9. She’s clearly well versed in the Communist Manifesto!!
8. So she wore “hooker shoes” to have her photo taken? Yikes!
7. Well, given what she is doing to the taxpayers….
6. Lorena looks a lot like my “massage therapist.” I wonder if she does any work on the side.
5. NICE, Lorena Gonzalez, real nice. And you wonder why union thugs are hated?
4. And if you don’t like hearing the term union thug, then get a non-union job.
3. Obliterate all union parasites.
2. Yep. Straight from the great pacific garbage patch.
1. This individual has nothing to contribute to Americans, what she is doing is despicable. No one forced her into the ‘business’ and no one has any right to promise her any taxpayer money for her nefarious political agenda. She is a perfect example of an ‘anchor baby’ still stuck on government’s teat – funded of course by un-questioning Americans, all of whom she despises.
Okay folks. Here’s your chance. Remember that our comments really are moderated, so you trolls out there will simply be adding to our collection of vintage spam.