April 17, 2014

David Brock And Media Matters Union Hypocrisy

Today, the Washington Examiner reported that Media Matters for America, a self-described “progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media” is ironically, resisting an effort by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 500 to unionize its staff.

According to the Examiner,

Last week, the union filed a representation petition with the National Labor Relations Board, indicating that the nonprofit media watchdog organization rejected an effort by the union to organize MMFA’s staff through a Card Check election.

But the filing does indicate that MMFA is not automatically accepting Local 500’s attempt to represent its staff. The nonprofit media watchdog group has hired the law firm Perkins Coie, which specializes in representing management in labor disputes, to represent it before the board.

Interestingly, just this year, Media Matters criticized “right-wing media outlets who have long engaged in a campaign to demonize organized labor” as “contributing to economic inequality as economists point to declining union participation as one cause of the growing economic rift in America.” And, just last month, Media Matters cited a report by the Economic Policy Institute titled “Unions Increase Productivity Through A Variety Of Channels,” drawing attention specifically to “the benefits of unions in restoring and strengthening the middle class.”

As they say, if you can’t beat them, join them!