Our media joyously ran baying after one of America’s most successful businesses: McDonalds. Screaming gleefully that a Big Mac price increase of only 68 cents would support paying its many minimum-wage and other workers double what they’re getting, the anti-capitalist scrivners (supported by major media salaries) cited university research behind their indictment of corporate greed. Now: Oops!
Seems the story began with an article in the Huffington Post, a place none has ever mistaken for a right wingnut rag. And the HuffPo’s cited ‘research’ has sort of dissolved into soap bubbles. McDonalds, it seems, can only accomplish that 68 cent trick in the fevered imagination of a college kid’s term paper or some such; no evidence of research. And under analysis by The Audit column of the Columbia Review of Journalism, the kid’s numbers don’t seem to hold up, by a large margin. Which as The Audit points out, is too bad since the original ‘report’ by HuffPo was “all over the Internet” Tuesday. The Audit’s reality check made it onto the Drudge report but hasn’t turned up much of anywhere else that this writer has seen… a fairly common pattern for anti-capitalist propaganda, these days. And a lot of other propaganda as well.
That reminds us of the recent repeal of the Smith-Mundt Act provision that has limited U.S. government propaganda to overseas distribution since 1948. The details of the amendment opening the domestic propagandizing of our hapless population are here.
So our compassionate government can now eavesdrop on your phone and email (NSA), monitor and control your bank accounts (Obamacare), locate and/or stop many newer cars, imprison you indefinitely in a military prison without charge, notice or oversight (Nattional Defense Authorization Act 2012) or kill you without oversight if the Prez decides you’re a threat. And to these thrilling government benefits, they’ve now added the power to directly propagandize us, though the major media seem to be doing that well enough already, as the McDonalds report illustrates.
This leaves me with a question: Since our rulers have managed with none of these powers since a bit after 1776, why do hey want them now?