On Saturday's (5/26/12) America's News HQ, Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board teamed up with host Kelly Wright in a deliberate effort to malign the NAACP's endorsement of same sex marriage as a political stunt on behalf of President Obama. But Riley took it a step further by claiming it was part of "a pattern" of instances where the organization worked against the interests of everyday black Americans. One of those instances was Riley's dubious claim that the NAACP support minimum wage laws that “disproportionately harm black workers.”
Near the end of the discussion, Wright asked Riley about economic and health care concerns in the black community. "Why doesn't the NAACP come out to address those issues?" he asked.
Riley called it “a pattern.” He added, "The NAACP supports minimum wage laws that study after study show disproportionately harm black workers, particularly younger black workers... Example after example after example, the NAACP shows itself to be more interested in promoting Democratic causes than necessarily supporting the interests of blacks."
In fact, reasearch from the Economic Policy Institute found that a disproportionate share of minorities would benefit from a minimum wage increase.
Video available at Mediaite.
NOTE: Originally, this post erroneously said this segment aired Friday, May 25, 2012.
FoxNoise don’t care nothin’ ’bout Black folks.
The REALITY is that raising minimum wage has always been about how much it hurts EMPLOYERS—that has ALWAYS been the GOP/right-wing story. And EVERY SINGLE TIME that the wage has gone up, there’s been almost no negative affect on employers nor has there been any substantial increase in the price of products. (The ONLY things that seriously affect the price of merchandise are transportation and weather. Transportation costs are tied in with energy costs, mainly oil and gas prices, and weather tends to affect food prices more than anything else, although clothing—especially that made from natural fibers like cotton and wool—can also be affected by weather factors. But folks working in these sectors who are being paid minimum wage will still be paid whatever they’re making regardless of how much the company charges.)
We all know that Republicans have much better blacks than we do! How are we mere mortals able to judge whether or not he’s lying?
Fux Nuze is always on the wrong side of “minority” issues.
If raising minimum wage really hurt black people, Fox News would be running at least three hours worth of footage a day endorsing it. Double that if no one puts a limit on how much Sean Hannity and Megyn Kelly can bring it up.
Seriously, tell me I’m wrong.