When it comes to our media, some everyday people hurt by the federal government are a lot more equal than others. As I write this, millions have already been negatively affected by ObamaCare. Heaven only knows how many among the working poor have lost their health insurance, hours, and jobs. The media, however, have bent over backwards not to let them tell their stories on camera. This media boycott of everyday people will reverse in a hurry, though, should the government shut down.
If the ongoing budget battles result in a government shutdown next week, America’s unbiased, not-at-all-objective liberal media will suddenly rediscover how effective it can be to “give the little people a voice,” as we are sure to be flooded with sob stories about those inconvenienced by the evil, do-nothing GOP and their government shutdown.
Suddenly the media will claim that it is important to hear the voice of the common man. But this is just another media ruse. The media hate the common man, and only give the common man voice when the common man says what the media wants.
Look at how the media use the homeless. When a Republican is president, the plight of the homeless is all over the airwaves. The day a Democrat is inaugurated, the closest the homeless get to the media is when Chris Matthews steps over them on his way to Starbucks.
If the common man is in favor of gun control, a victim of some form of prejudice at the hands of white people (preferably male), in desperate need of the government to get bigger, or inconvenienced by something that can be blamed on the GOP — our media is all about giving voice to the common man.
But the common man losing health insurance, hours, or a job due to the president’s health care plan is memory-holed; better to pretend this particular common man does not exist than to allow the public to see that something Obama and Democrats have done is causing real suffering and stress.
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