Drowning mainstream media pull working people down with them
When I was a way younger man, I attained Red Cross lifeguard certification for pool duty at a church summer camp. One aspect of the training was how to escape the grasp of a panicked swimmer. In a worst case situation, you would let such a person go under rather than be drowned by them.
This came to mind as I read regional coverage of beef industry job loses due to the mainstream media’s “pink slime” panic:
Beef Products Inc. announced Monday that it will lay off an additional 86 workers at its Dakota Dunes headquarters and a South Sioux City, Neb., facility, citing what it calls a misinformation campaign about its beef product that critics dubbed “pink slime.”
BPI, which makes lean, finely textured beef, announced May 8 it will close three plants and lay off 650 employees later this month in Kansas, Texas and Iowa. The South Sioux City, Neb., plant will remain open, but operate at reduced capacity….
...BPI is one of the largest employers in the Sioux City tri-state region, and the jobs ranging from entry level to high-paying senior executive positions have a “profound impact on the community and local economy,” said Chris McGowan, president of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and Siouxland Initiative economic development organization.
These jobs are being taken under in the death grip of sensationalist reporting by ABC news. Steadily sinking as a source of valued information, the MSM thrashes about with sensationalism and deception to hang on to some semblance of influence and to make money for its surviving practioners and the activist groups for which it fronts. It does not seem to concern itself with the harm it inflicts.
“Pink slime” is just a goofy in house name coined by a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) employee - but that very agency approved of the lean beef additive’s production process and inclusion in retail beef products.
The beef industry has a site intended to fight frenzy with facts, but this is not likely to save the hundreds of lost jobs.
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