Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The following story and call for protest is from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The brazen partisanship of the American mass media is a continued source of amazement to the rest of the world. Statements which would be a source of hilarity and mockery elsewhere are taken as gospel truth down there. The following points out one such example, and asks its readers to protest. While being quite doubtful about both the final practical effect of the Employee Free Choice Act and the messianic fervour with which unions and others in the USA have hitched all their hopes to it, it still has to be admitted that opponents of this legislation have 'out-hyped' its proponents by a considerable distance. This is none such example.
CNBC isn't exactly a shining example of responsible journalism. The financial news network has been ridiculed for enabling the financial crisis with flawed reporting and fawning coverage of failed CEOs.

Well, CNBC is at it again. Yesterday, CNBC's Jim Cramer and Erin Burnett made a ridiculous, irresponsible statement. Cramer and Burnett compared the aftermath of Iran's recent election to what would happen under the Employee Free Choice Act.

This is the height of irresponsible journalism. Jim Cramer and Erin Burnett need to hear from you now about their reckless reporting.
Send an email directly to Cramer and Burnett. They need to get the message that this kind of coverage is unacceptable.
Click here: http://action.seiu.org/page/speakout/cnbc

Here's what Burnett and Cramer said yesterday while discussing the Iran election:
BURNETT: And it wasn't a secret ballot. I think that's important. They're going to know - they know everybody and how they voted.
CRAMER: Absolutely.
BURNETT: It makes a strong point for this whole union conversation we're having in this country.
CRAMER: The card check, the card check.

Let's get our facts straight.

Despite Erin Burnett's delusions otherwise, the Employee Free Choice Act does not take away the secret ballot. To suggest otherwise is just plain wrong.

But to extend that delusion to the Iran election is more than inaccurate. It's irresponsible. It has no place in our national dialogue, and CNBC needs to know that.
Let Erin Burnett and Jim Cramer know what you think. Click here to send them an email now.

Burnett and Cramer need to know that today's union elections are undemocratic. They bear no resemblance to democratically-held elections that we would all recognize in a free country.

The Employee Free Choice Act is an important piece of legislation that reforms the rigged system that prevents employees from having a free choice to improve their lives. The aftermath of the Iran election is proof of what happens when voters don't have a free choice, when the deck is stacked against the electorate.

For some reason, CNBC doesn't understand the difference. Make sure they do.
Send a message to Erin Burnett and Jim Cramer now.

Thanks for writing to CNBC - with your help, we'll make sure they get the message.

In solidarity,

Michael Whitney

Change that Works


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