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Fox Wages War on American Workers via the NYC Transit Strikers

Reported by Melanie - December 20, 2005

Fox News is waging a war on American workers this week, using the New York City transit strikers as ammunition.

Today (December 20, 2005), during the hour-long Your World w/Neil Cavuto, David Asman (subbing for Cavuto) hosted no less than three segments blasting the 33,000 strikers. A total of 12 individuals spoke during the three segments and all of them opposed the strike and the workers. Fox didn't include a single guest, live or on video, who spoke in support of the workers.

Reporter Rebecca Gomez opened the show with: "One person summing it up succinctly: they're tearing the heart out of the nation's economy." She said the strike will not only "affect New York City's bottom line," but it "could also have national ramifications."

Cristyne L. Nicholas of NYC & Company, "New York City's OFFICIAL tourism [think corporate promotion] website," appeared on tape during Gomez' report: "The economy in New York City supports Washington, D.C., it supports the rest of the nation," so it's important to put this behind us "very quickly."

Three unidentified NYC business people also appeared on tape and they all complained about the strike.

The second segment featured businessman Ronn Torossian of "5W Public Relations." As Asman introduced Torossian, he said the strike amounted to "corporate terrorism." Torossian said, "I'm livid about this situation." He said the strike "will have implications not just in New York, but throughout the country, throughout the world." He said, "To some degree the world is laughing at us" because everyone would like to have a 12% raise. (The workers want an 8% raise each year for three years.)

Next came a roundtable discussion with six financial talking head regulars from Fox's Saturday morning "business news" program, "Bulls & Bears" ( including Asman and Fox's Brenda Buttner). One of the guests, John Ruttledge said, "They're cheering in China" because this is "out of touch" with global trends. Again, all six opposed the workers.

The chyrons that ran at the bottom of the screen during the three segments read: "Financial chaos," "Fire Them All?", "Striking Back at Strikers," "Striking Transit Workers: Fire Them All?" and my personal fave, "Capitalism Held Hostage by Striking NYC Transit Workers."

Comment: At no time during the three segments did Fox give any information about the history of the dispute, about attempts at negotiations, or about the demands made by either side (other than the erroneous 12% raise number). The point of view of the workers was completely ignored.

I know about unions and I know about strikes. I know that if workers strike, things must be very, very, very bad indeed. It's a terrifying, risky thing to do and never, ever taken lightly by the workers. Yet, in our corporate-dominated country, it's the corporations we are to feel sorry for, not the human beings who work for them.

If you'd like to complain to Fox about this, email: Comments@foxnews.com

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